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Britain’s summer of sport continues with the Commonwealth Games now being held in Manchester, England. The 53 nations of the British Commonwealth (all former members of the British Empire), and the four nations comprising the United Kingdom, are competing in a series of games not unlike a miniature version of the Olympics. Events include athletics, squash, swimming, shooting, hockey, and netball.

Manchester has invested heavily in a new stadium for the event, which will be passed on to Manchester City Football Club once the games are over. Following on from this summer’s World Cup, Wimbledon, the Open Golf Championship, and the ever-present cricket, the British television-viewing public can now watch an array of top athletes and sportsmen competing at the peak of their abilities.

The 2006 games will take place in Melbourne, Australia.

The final medal table for the 2002 games was as follows(updated 5 August 2002):

                  Gold  Silver  Bronze    Total
Australia           82     62     62       206
England             54     51     60       165
India               32     21     19        72
Canada              31     41     42       114
New Zealand         11     13     21        45
South Africa         9     20     17        46
Cameroon             9      1      2        12
Malaysia             7      9     18        34
Scotland             6      8     16        30
Nigeria              5      4     11        20
Wales                4     15     12        31
Kenya                4      8      4        16
Jamaica              4      6      7        17
Singapore            4      2      7        13
Bahamas              4      0      4         8
Nauru                2      3     10        15
Northern Ireland     2      2      1         5
Cyprus               2      1      1         4
Pakistan             1      3      3         7
Fiji                 1      1      1         3
Zambia               1      1      1         3
Zimbabwe             1      1      0         2
Namibia              1      0      4         5
Tanzania             1      0      1         2
Bangladesh           1      0      0         1
Guyana               1      0      0         1
Mozambique           1      0      0         1	
Saint Kitts and Nevis1      0      0         1
Botswana             0      2      1         3
Uganda               0      2      0         2
Samoa                0      1      2         3
Trinidad and Tobago  0      1      0         1
Barbados             0      0      1         1
Cayman Islands       0      0      1         1
Ghana                0      0      1         1
St Lucia             0      0      1         1
Lesotho              0      0      1         1
Malta                0      0      1         1
Mauritius            0      0      1         1

Source:
BBC Ceefax

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