|Opening Ceremony … 25 July 2002||Host City … Manchester, England||Closing Ceremony … 4 Aug 2002|
|Participants … 3,690 athletes, 72 Commonwealth Nations|
The 2002 Commonwealth Games was held in Manchester, England. The event also served as the venue for the 2002 World Student Games and was staged with large number of athletes from 71 countries participating, making it the largest sporting tournament in all time.
OFFICIAL OPENING BY Queen Elizabeth II. There were 247 events in 17 sports.
The Slogan was The Spirit of Friendship
The 2002 Commonwealth Games was the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in England. The City Of Manchester Stadium, built for the Games, was the location of the opening and closing ceremonies as well as the athletic and Rugby 7’s events.
The official mascot for this year’s Games was “Kit”, a unique animal design – part cat and part lion. The mascot represents the characteristics of Manchester’s personality – youthful, vibrant, and friendly.
Disabled competitions were held in athletics, bowls, swimming, table tennis and weightlifting (powerlifting) and their medals added to the final tally for each nation.
Top 20 Countries By Total Medals
Host country listed in bold.
Countries attending the games were: Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei Darussalam, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, England, Falkland Islands, Fiji, The Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, India, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norfolk Island, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.