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2002 NEWS

The Games Come to Manchester
Includes details of the Commonwealth nations competing and practical information on Manchester.

All About Manchester
A look at the commercial and cultural capital of North West England.

Sports & Schedule
A rundown of the sporting events and venues. 


Where the sports are taking place. 

KIT - The Games Mascot
Everything about Kit, the official mascot of the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

Latest job opportunities within the Games Organising Committee.

How to be a Volunteer

Links and Contacts
Useful Commonwealth Games contacts and links to relevant Manchester websites.

All photos are Copyright of Manchester 2002 Limited and must not be published without their express written permission.


Welcome to the website of Manchester 2002, the XVII Commonwealth Games, Manchester, England. It is full of varied and interesting information on our plans for the Commonwealth Games in 2002.

As you move through the Games website, you will be able to find valuable information on:
- Manchester 

- Games venues

- Games sports programme

- Key data and information

A message from the Chairman

As Chairman of the XVII Commonwealth Games I am delighted that the Games will be coming to Manchester in 2002.

The Commonwealth Games will be a tremendous opportunity for Britain to host a truly prestigious international event and the people of Manchester are looking forward to welcoming athletes and visitors alike to their City.

Manchester is undergoing a new and exciting renaissance building on its rich heritage, and with its passion for sport, music and the arts and much much more, will seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to host a set of Games that all members of the Commonwealth can be proud.

My vision is for a Games that are for everyone, bringing world class sports to our door step, a celebration of the Commonwealth in Her Majesty the Queen's Jubilee year and a multi-cultural event that reflects our own communities in the North West.

Our Government is committed to ensuring that the Games are a huge success and using them as a catalyst to inspire communities, families and schools to celebrate our multi-cultural society.

I'm proud to be leading the team that will deliver the Games and who are committed to making them a success. I believe we will all be winners through the Games - Great Britain, the North West, the athletes who take part and the millions who will watch the games worldwide all have one thing in common - a tremendous celebration of sport and culture.

Charles Allen
Chairman of the Organising Committee





The City will rise to the Challenge

"The competition to stage the Commonwealth Games is always tough, so it's a real credit to the commitment and innovation of all host cities when they are successful in their bid.

It's an honour to be chosen to host the Commonwealth Games. Manchester has recognised the responsibilities and has responded magnificently to the challenge of producing a Games worthy of the new Millennium.

It's a city which has already proved itself capable, on numerous occasions, of hosting top sporting events, most notably the Euro 96 football championships.

The friendliness and festival atmosphere evident then will, I'm sure, be equalled at the XVII Commonwealth Games. On behalf of the City Council, thank you for inviting us to be part of the Commonwealth family and we look forward to being a part of a sporting spectacle which will be remembered as one of the classic events of the modern age."

Councillor Richard Leese
Leader, Manchester City Council