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Prime Minister jumps the gun

27 July 2002

Tony Blair’s whereabouts hours before the official Opening Ceremony have now been revealed - by a startled Kenyan shooting team.

Tony Blair

Mr Blair has strong ties with the Games

The team were sprung by unlikely fellow shopper, Mr Blair, whilst souvenir hunting at the merchandise outlet in Manchester on Thursday.

“We arrived in Manchester from Bisley in the evening and went to buy clothes and gifts,” said team manager Shoaib Vayani.

“We were browsing in one corner of the shop when the British Prime Minister Tony Blair walked in, came straight up to us and struck up a conversation. In our part of the world, a senior politician would have an entourage of at least 50 security guards – we didn’t expect him to be so open and easy going about meeting us.”

The Prime Minister met Guy Jack and Edward Legei, shaking hands with the pair.

“How’s Bisley?”, he asked, before enquiring whether the match had already started.

“After we told him Bisley was not due to start until Saturday, the Prime Minister said that he thought events there had already begun,” said VAYANI.

With the chat over, the Prime Minister bought his own memento of Manchester – an official Commonwealth Games tie – before leaving to watch the ceremony.

Guy Jack, who has been shooting skeet just three years, has been receiving coaching from 1986 Commonwealth Games skeet pairs champion, Englishman, Joe Neville and competes in the individual skeet, while Legei will take part in full bore rifle.

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