Commonwealth Games: KUALA LUMPUR FACT FILE

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Official name: Sukom 98 Berhad

Dates: 9-21 September

Number of sports: 15 - Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Bowls, Cricket, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Netball, Rugby Union, Shooting, Squash, Swimming, Tenpin Bowling, Weightlifting

Venues: All sports to take place in and around Kuala Lumpur except for shooting, which will be based on the resort island of Langkawi

Number of countries: 70

Athletes and officials: 6,000

Volunteers: 15,000

Journalists: 1,500

Hotel beds: 150,000

Official sponsors: Bank Bumiputra, Kodak, Malaysia Airlines, Nestle Milo, Pensonic, Pro-Specs, Siemens, Siemens Nixdorf, Telekom Malaysia, Maybank, Pepsi, PNMB, Astro, Swatch, DRB HiCom Group, Canon, MasterCard, Petronas

Mascot: Wira (an orangutan)

Launch of official baton relay: Buckingham Palace, 9 March 1998 Email address: sukom1@kualalumpur98.com.my

Internet address: http://www.kualalumpur98.com.my Games Village: 40 acres housing; 1,300 residential units

Accommodation and travel: Malaysia Tourism (0171-930 7932); Malaysia Airlines (0171-341 2216)

Landmarks: The Petronas "Twin" Towers, at almost 1,500ft the world's tallest building

Currency: pounds 1 = Ringgit 6.8

Total budget: Ringgit 1.5bn

Venue for 2002: Manchester

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