1998 Commonwealth Games
The 1998 Commonwealth Games was hosted for the first time by an Asian country. A record 70 nations participated and the host nation, Malaysia achieved 10 gold medals, a record for them.
The Games was officially opened by His Majesty the King of Malaysia in the newly built 100,000 capacity National Stadium Bukit Jalil. Closing of the Games was declared by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ten days later. Entertainment that night included songs by international stars Rod Stewart and Celine Dion.
Yellow was used in a Games logo for the first time. All previous logos used only red, white and blue (the colours of the British Union Jack). The design was inspired by the Hibiscus, Malaysia's national flower.
The official and popular mascot for the games was Wira, which means warrior in the Malay language. Wira projects the traditionally warm and friendly nature of the people, nation and land.
For the first time at any Games, team sport were allowed. Four team sports were added to the Games: cricket, netball, field hockey, and rugby sevens. The other 11 events were: athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, lawn bowls, shooting, squash, swimming, ten-pin bowling and weightlifting.
Top 16 Countries By Total Medals
Host country listed in bold, Australia in green.
Countries attending the games were: Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Dominica, England, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Grenada, Guernsey, Guyana, India, Isle of Man Jamaica, Jersey, Kenya, Kiribati, Lesotho, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Norfolk Island, Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Republic of South Africa, Sri Lanka, St Helena, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent & The Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Wales, Zambia, Zimbabwe.