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Games officials confirm 2014 bids

12 Mar 06 07:46
The Commonwealth Games Federation has confirmed that the three bidding cities for the 2014 Games are Abuja (Nigeria), Halifax (Canada) and Glasgow (Scotland).
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh examine the Queen's Baton at Buckingham Palace.

Queen arrives in Australia

12 Mar 06 03:48
Accompanied by Prince Phillip, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has arrived in Canberra for a five day tour during which she'll officially open the Commonwealth Games.
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, John So.

Lord Mayor to throw street party

12 Mar 06 01:04
The Lord Mayor of Melbourne, John So, has declared a street party on the corner of Bourke and Elizabeth streets on the eve of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony.
His Royal Highness Prince Edward.

Games Village gets Royal approval

11 Mar 06 05:40
Escorted by the Mayor of the Village, former Marathon champion Steve Moneghetti, His Royal Highness Prince Edward has given the Games Village the Royal seal of approval.
The world's fastest man, Asafa Powell.

Sell-out crowd for Super Sunday

10 Mar 06 00:03
Super Sunday - the Athletics showcase at the MCG - is the latest Games event to sell out, as ticket sales reach a Commonwealth record.

Strict regime seeks to erase drugs

09 Mar 06 07:46
The toughest ever drug testing regime is in place as Games athletes begin to arrive in Melbourne.
A display of boxing at the Kamuzu Institute of Sport, Malawi

African tiger Malawi faces challenge

08 Mar 06 22:02
The Malawi Commonwealth Games team, with strengths in Netball and Boxing, has left Malawi for Melbourne to acclimatise and commence final preparations for the Games.
Two gum leaves hold the medals.

Gum leaf lanyards for medal winners

08 Mar 06 03:25
When the winners display their gold, silver and bronze medals on the podium, the gum leaf design of the metal lanyards is likely to capture almost as much attention as the medals themselves.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh examine the Queen's Baton at Buckingham Palace.

Queen to share birthday celebrations

08 Mar 06 02:50
Three lucky Victorian women, all born in the same year as Her Majesty, have been chosen to share 80th birthday celebrations with the Queen during the Games.
Paul Burgess, Kyle Vander Kuyp and Karak show off a four-week-old South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black Cockatoo.

New home for Karak

07 Mar 06 03:43
With fewer than 1,000 South-Eastern Red-Tailed Black Cockatoos remaining, new funding initiatives will provide new breeding grounds for the Games mascot.

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See you at Delhi 2010
Fireworks at the MCG at the closing of Melbourne 2006.
After eleven fun packed days, Melbourne 2006 is now over and all thoughts turn to the next Games - Delhi 2010. Nameste! See you in Delhi 2010! Swagatam!
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Country Gold Medal Tally
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Bronze Medal Tally
Australia flag Australia 84 69 68
England flag England 36 40 34
Canada flag Canada 26 29 31
India flag India 22 17 11
South Africa flag South Africa 12 13 13

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