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The number's up for the Games

18 July 2002

With seven days to go to the Opening Ceremony, the big numbers are already stacking up for the Commonwealth Games.

City of Manchester Stadium

The city is now decorated ready for the Games

Sarah Maluila, a 16-year-old worker for catering company Sodexho has become the 20,000th member of the Commonwealth Games workforce to be accredited.

Sarah, who is from Leeds, will be one of almost 3,000 Sodexho staff who will be working in Sportcity and the Athletes Village, and one of a total of 32,000 workforce and volunteers who will be accredited by the time the Games begin on 25 July.

Clothing the workforce and those from the Adecco volunteer programme has been like equipping an army, and the total number of items of uniform which had been handed out by 17 July topped the 130,000 mark - including business suits, polo shirts, casual trousers, ties and caps.

The Queen’s Jubilee Baton Relay reached another milestone on 18 July in Worcester when it was carried by the 4,000th runner. It has now chalked up 62,275 miles in the 129 days since it left Buckingham Palace on 11 March to begin a tour round the Commonwealth and the UK.

The 800th Rover car has arrived in Manchester from the Longbridge production line to join the Commonwealth Games transport fleet - the largest courtesy car fleet ever seen in this country. Rover is providing the cars for the Games and Steve Robertson, UK marketing director of MG Rover Group, said:

“Manchester 2002 is set to be the biggest and best Commonwealth Games ever. Over the next two weeks we estimate our cars will cover 1,500,000 miles.”

The final batch of 10 First buses, in full games livery, arrived in Manchester on 17 July to complete the Games fleet of 95 buses for athletes, officials and media. The total value of First buses provided is £11 million.

The 1,500th mobile phone has also been delivered and the total number of phone lines installed has reached 3,896. The 750th loudspeaker has been installed, plus one underwater loudspeaker - so that the synchronised swimmers can hear their music.

The technological support for the Commonwealth Games is enormous. There are 240 square metres of giant video screens being installed, plus 52 plasma screens and 647 TVs. Over 1,500 PCs, 350 Xerox printers and 250 Microsoft servers are now in use providing information and support services for the Games. It has taken 30 Microsoft engineers 660 days to build the technology platform to support this.

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