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Thursday, 20 June, 2002, 08:51 GMT 09:51 UK

BBC set for biggest Games

The XVII Commonwealth Games promises to be a feast of sporting action and the BBC will be there every step of the way to provide all-encompassing coverage.

With 5,250 athletes and officials making the journey to Manchester, this promises to be the biggest Games ever and will receive the credit it deserves.

All the drama and excitement of largest ever multi-sport event in the UK will be captured on television, radio and online, as well as through BBC's special interactive services.

"It's a huge challenge for the BBC but one we're determined to rise to"
BBC Sport head of major events Dave Gordon

The opening ceremony on Thursday 25 July heralds 10 days of live, world-class, international sporting competition, taking place in 15 venues in Manchester from Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August.

The BBC is the exclusive broadcaster of the Games in the UK, producing approximately 180 hours of TV coverage across BBC One and BBC Two, plus an interactive service available to digital TV viewers.

Steve Rider, Sue Barker, John Inverdale and Hazel Irvine will bring viewers all the live action in Commonwealth Games Grandstand for around 15 hours a day.

They are joined by a team of international sporting icons, including Olympic legend Michael Johnson.

There will also be daily coverage and live commentary on BBC Radio Five Live (909&693AM) in addition to dedicated programming on BBC2002 97.7FM in Greater Manchester.

On the internet, BBC Sport will provide a website that befits the status of the Commonwealth Games with the launch of a dedicated website at to bring you everything you need to know about Manchester 2002.

As well as detailed guides for all of the events, venues and competitors to watch, there will also be a run down on all of the 72 countries taking part in the Games and a new desktop game - Denise Lewis Heptathlon.

Dave Gordon, BBC Sport head of major events and executive editor, says:"The BBC is going to bring the British public the best possible view of the games, direct from the heart of Manchester.

"We'll be firing up that 'Sydney feeling' around the UK, as gold is won, hearts are broken and the nation is inspired, excited and left breathless by the extraordinary achievements of competitors from all over the Commonwealth."

"It's a huge challenge for the BBC but one we're determined to rise to."

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