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General

Q. What is the Commonwealth?
A. The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of independent sovereign states and dependencies consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding

Q. How many countries are in the Commonwealth/competing in the Games?
A. There are 54 but 72 countries eligible to bring teams and all are due to compete in the Games.

Financial
Q. What is the current budget?
A. Funding for the Games is now completely assured following an announcement of a package of financial commitments by the Government, Sport England and Manchester City Council on July 2, 2001. Television and sponsorship revenue at 30 million is already a record for a multi-sport event in the U.K. - with more sponsors yet to come.

Q. Will it break even?
A. The targets for commercial income are demanding, but we are confident that UK plc will support the Games because it makes business sense for them to do so. So far 30m of commercial income has been announced.

Q. But the costs do appear to be continuously escalating?
A. Planning for such a massive event starts many years ahead and, necessarily, many budget items are projections based on minimal information. As the Games get closer to reality, the budget requirements become more tangible

Q. Who stands any loss?
A. The underwriter of the event is Manchester City Council. Manchester 2002 Ltd is the operating company.

Q. Will taxpayer's money be used?
A. The recent announcement of Government funding for the Commonwealth Games involves a partnership between Manchester City Council, the Government and Sport England Lottery Fund. Therefore taxpayer's money is being used to pay for spectacular new venues like the City Of Manchester Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, the National Squash Centre and Bolton Arena and to contribute to the operating costs of the Games. However, Manchester 2002 Ltd has received substantial commercial income. So far 30 million of commercial income has been announced - with more sponsors yet to come.

Q. Will my Council Tax go up?
A. Councillor Richard Leese, the leader of the Council has announced that Manchester City Council is confident that their continuing commitment to the Games will not adversely impact on Council Tax or mainstream services.

Q. What are the lines of authority and responsibility?
A. In descending order:
Manchester Commonwealth Games Limited (Holding Company)
Manchester 2002 Limited (Operating Company) - Chairman: Charles Allen

M2002 Divisional Structure.
The nine sections in the operating company each have a director:

The Chief Executive is Frances Done
Finance Director and Deputy CEO: David Leather
Chief Operating Officer: Bernard Ainsworth
Commercial Director: Niels de Vos
Director of Sport: Brian Stocks
Director of Venues: Michael Palmer
Director of Workforce: Keith Watkinson
Director of Technology: Gerry Pennell
Director of Communications: Mike Hales
Director of Queens Jubilee Baton Relay: Di Henry
Creative Director: Sue Woodward
Director of Spirit of Friendship Festival: Jo Hartley
Ceremonies Operations Director: David Jackson


Q. How much will Games organisers make from sale of tickets?
A. This is not about "making". The Commonwealth Games are a celebration of the Commonwealth in sport. We want as many people as possible to enjoy this unique event, so if we tried to charge too much for tickets which may generate more income, it may be at the expense of the numbers of people who can afford to attend.

Q. How many jobs will be created by the Games?
A. About 5,000 new permanent jobs, and many more if tourism benefits from a successful Games.

Employment is associated with temporary construction works; the operation of the Games; off-site expenditure, the operation of post-Games facilities, the long-term uplift in visitor numbers, the regeneration of Eastlands and the Ashton Canal Corridor together with further multiplier impacts within the economy.

The use of up to 15,000 volunteers will create a skills base and some 3,000 volunteers will be given training to NVQ level through the Pre Volunteer Programme, which will give them an opportunity to move into full-time employment after the Games.

Q. Which athletes will be competing?
A. We expect to have some of the finest athletes from throughout the Commonwealth, many of which are internationally known sportsmen and women. People like Jonah Lomu, Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe - those are just some of the sporting stars who say that they hope to compete in Manchester in 2002. We won't know exactly who will be competing until the final deadline for individual athlete entry, which is 30 days before the start of the Games.

Q. When will you know the draws for team sports?
A. All the countries participating in each of the team sport competitions are now known. For the netball and hockey and rugby, the pool draws have been made and the match schedule has been published on the website.

Q. Why does the number of competing teams vary between each Games?
A. The number of teams competing in the Commonwealth Games is dependent upon the number of countries in the Commonwealth itself as, from year to year, countries are admitted and suspended, for various reasons. The number of teams is also dependent upon the final sports programmes.

Q. What about sports for elite athletes with a disability - is this tokenism?
A. Manchester will hold the first ever fully inclusive Games. 200 elite athletes with a disability will compete over ten events (five sports) during the same 10-day period as able-bodied athletes. This has never been done before. The five sports elite athletes with a disability will be competing in are:-

  • Table Tennis
  • Weightlifting
  • Aquatics - Swimming
  • Athletics
  • Lawn Bowls

With medals counting towards the overall medal table all athletes will be accommodated together, although there is a finite number of athletes that can be accommodated in the Games.

Q. How many sports will be involved?
A. Seventeen in total, including 14 individual and three team sports: -

Aquatics, cycling, table tennis, athletics, gymnastics (Artistic), triathlon, badminton judo, weightlifting, lawn bowls, shooting , wrestling, Boxing, Squash
Team sports: hockey, netball, rugby sevens

Q. Is ice hockey one of the sports?
A. No. Field hockey.

Q. Is water polo one of the sports?
A. Water polo is NOT in the Commonwealth Games programme

Q. How many athletes etc will be involved?
A. Athletes/Team Officials - 6,000
Technical Officials - 1,100
Accredited Media - 4,500
Spectators - 1,000,000
TV - 1 Billion

Q. How much feedback do you have from other major sporting events?
A. M2002 has also had representation at the XVI Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, at the Pan Am Games in 1999 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000, from which very useful experience and knowledge was gained. Many staff from Sydney are now employed in the Games office.

Q. What other comparable sporting events have Britain staged or is planning to stage?
A. The 2002 Commonwealth Games is the UK's first major sporting event in the new millennium and is the first major multi-sport event in the UK since the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh in 1986. The British Olympics Association and the Government have yet to decide whether Great Britain should bid for a future Olympics.

Q. How did the bidding system work?
A. The Commonwealth Games Council for England considered three cities as contenders for hosting the XVII Commonwealth Games. Manchester was chosen as the preferred city over Birmingham and London.
The England bid was submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federations along with others from other countries and England was chosen in January 1995.

Q. How much feedback do you have from other major sporting events?
A. M2002 has also had representation at the XVI Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998, at the Pan Am Games in 1999 and the Sydney Olympics in 2000, from which very useful experience and knowledge was gained. Many staff from Sydney are now employed in the Games office.

Q. Where can I get information on previous Games?
A. A variety of information on past Games can be found on our Commonwealth Games website and the website of the Commonwealth Games Federation:

Q. Where can I get information on previous Games?
A. A variety of information on past Games can be found on our Commonwealth Games website and the website of the Commonwealth Games Federation:

Q. What are the plans for keeping Manchester tidy during Games?
A. Manchester Bright and Clean is a campaign that was launched in 1998 and which is already changing the face of Manchester, not just in the city centre, but also throughout the city as a whole. By 2002, the campaign will be well established and the differences seen already in small pockets in the city in terms of extra bins, flowers, new signs etc, will be extended across all neighbourhoods.
During the Games themselves, Operational Services will be conducting extra collections within the city centre and at venues.




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