|Opening Ceremony … 30 Sep 1982||Host City … Brisbane, Australia||Closing Ceremony … 9 Oct 1982|
|Participants … 1,583 athletes, 45 Commonwealth Nations|
|Official opening by the Duke of Edinburgh Official Slogan was The Friendly Games |
Threats of a boycott so depressed business support and ticket sales in Australia and abroad that organizers took the problem head on and called a meeting in London of all involved countries. The result was a guarantee that no would boycott the Games. This of course only delayed the inevitable boycott until the next Games in 1986.
The 1982 Games is one of the success stories. Not only did they avoid a boycott, they managed to make a profit of $1.16 million. Perfect weather, welcoming locals, and a very supportive Brisbane Council produced one of the most enjoyable Games.
The Opening Ceremony was held at the QEII Stadium (named for Queen Elizabeth II) in the Brisbane suburb of Nathan. The stadium, which was later renamed the NZ Stadium, is now called the Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre. Rolf Harris sang his famous song Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport with special lyrics he wrote for the 1982 Commonwealth Games.
Queen Elizabeth closed the Games during a colourful ceremony, which included parachute jumpers landing in the stadium.
The 1982 Games had 143 events in 12 sports.
The 1982 mascot was named “Matilda”. This kangaroo design was very successful and uniquely Australian.
Top 23 Countries By Total Medals
Host country listed in bold, Australia in green.
Countries attending the games were: Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cyprus, England, Falkland Islands, Fiji, The Gambia , Ghana, Gibraltar, Guernsey, Guyana, Hong Kong , India, Isle of Man , Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St Helena, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Vanuatu, Wales, Western Samoa, Zambia, Zimbabwe