The city of Manchester is the capital of the North
West and is the commercial, educational and cultural
focus for this vibrant region of England. As well as
having a population of over 400,000, 60 per cent of
the population of Britain, more than 33 million
people, live within a two-hour drive of Manchester.
Manchester is an international destination for
conferences and exhibitions with more than 200,000
bed spaces within one hour's drive of the city
The XVII Commonwealth Games was a world-class event
and the most significant multi-sport event to be
held in Great Britain since the Olympics of 1948. It
was the largest in the history of the Commonwealth
Games with participating athletes from 72 nations
competing in 14 individual sports and three team
sports from 25 July - 4 August 2002.
The sports contested were:
Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling,
Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby
7s, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Triathlon,
Weightlifting and Wrestling.