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20 Things You Might Want to Know
11-Mar-2006 Craig Lord
1. The 2006 Commonwealth Games will be held from 15-26 March 2006 in Melbourne, Victoria.
2. These are the XVIII Commonwealth Games and the fourth in Australian history - after following Sydney (1938), Perth (1962) and Brisbane (1982) - though the Games were once known as the British Empire Games and the British Commonwealth Games.
3. The Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games had 3,184 athletes competing in 15 sports. In Melbourne 2006, 4,500 athletes are due to compete in 16 sports and 24 disciplines.
4. The inaugural British Empire Games were staged in Hamilton, Canada, in 1930, when 11 nations competed. There are 71 nations in Melbourne.
5. Of the seven sports staged in Hamilton in 1930 - track and field, bowls, boxing, rowing, swimming, diving and wrestling, all barring rowing and wrestling remains on a list of 12 individual and four team sports involving 24 disciplines.
6. Athletics, boxing and swimming are the only sports to have been on the programme at every Games and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will attend the first morning of swimming heats in Melbourne.
7. In 2006 team sports included on the programme are basketball, hockey, rugby sevens and netball.
8. Melbourne will introduce basketball to the sports programme for the first time, while among sports that made their debut in Manchester, table tennis, mountain bike and triathlon will return.
9. Fourteen of the 16 sports at the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games will be staged at venues within a three-kilometre radius of the central business district.
10. A new 50m competition pool has been built at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
11. The Commonwealth Games Village in Parkville will become home for 6,000 athletes and officials.
12. The Games Village is traditionally open for a total of 25 days, starting 10 days before the opening ceremony to allow athletes the necessary time to acclimatise and adjust to their surroundings before they compete. The Games Village closes three days after the closing ceremony.
13. A free 12-day cultural and free entertainment program will fill Melbourne's Central Business District, parks and gardens with activity during the Games.
14. The state of Victoria has around 3,500 restaurants with 2,500 of them in metropolitan Melbourne and 400 in the Central Business District. There are more than 320 vineyards, 100 within one hour of the city. Visitors also have a place to stay; Melbourne has 25,000 hotel beds within 5km of the city.
15. Melbourne's transport system stretches along 244km of track and has 450 trams efficient in delivering spectators to major events.
16. The state of Victoria has a population of 5 million speaking 170 languages, while one in four Victorians was born overseas.
17. The Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) - dating back not just to the Melbourne Olympic Games of 1956 but to Australia's first amateur athletics meeting in September 1864 and the first Australasian Athletics Championship in 1893 - will host the opening and closing ceremonies and track and field events in 2006.
18. Athletes and officials will live in 155 permanent houses, 68 apartments, 14 townhouses and 115 cabins. The properties will later be sold. Indeed 88 have already gone, at an average cost of about £360,000.
19. Up to 15,000 volunteers will be required to assist with running the Games. They will be joined by 1,200 technical officials, 5,000 contractors and over 500 full time staff.
20. Each sitting at the main dining hall in the Games Village will feed 1,800 athletes and 20,000 meals will be served each day.
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