Rogge coming to Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games

17 January 2006

IOC President Jacques Rogge is reportedly coming to Australia for the Opening Ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games at the MCG on March 15.

Senior IOC Member Kevan Gosper has convinced Mr Rogge to come to the Opening Ceremony and stay for up to 48 hours.

The organising committee hopes a frail Nelson Mandela will be able to attend.

Contractors yesterday began ripping up the MCG turf fro the top of the synthetic athletics track that was laid in early December. The athletics track is expected to be ready by Australia Day.