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Cityof Manchester stadium, 9th May 2002: Olympic triple jump gold medallist and current World Champion Jonathan Edwards today joined Rover to announce their involvement as Official Car Sponsor for the XVII Commonwealth Games, to be held in Manchester from 25 July to 4 August 2002.

Jonathan was accompanied at the announcement by his fellow Commonwealth Games athletes: cyclist and Olympic gold medallist Jason Queally, sprinter and Olympic silver medallist Darren Campbell and Britain’s number one long jumper Jade Johnson.

Rover will provide a fleet of over 800 chauffeur-driven cars to the Commonwealth Games – a record number of cars ever provided to a UK sporting event of this kind. The fleet, made up of Rover 45 and 75 models, will be readily available to transport athletes, coaches, VIPs and officials around Manchester to and from the various Commonwealth Games venues.

The Commonwealth Games is the UK’s largest multi-sport event. The event will involve over 5,000 athletes and officials, from 72 countries competing across 17 sports. An estimated one million people will attend the games and a further one billion will watch them on TV.

During the course of the competition, the fleet of Rover cars will travel approximately 1,500,000 miles and will be driven by at least 1,600 Commonwealth Games volunteer drivers.
Steve Robertson, UK Marketing Director of MG Rover Group, commented: "Manchester 2002 is set to be the biggest and best Commonwealth Games ever and we are honoured to be part of such a prestigious British event. This partnership with the Commonwealth Games is a natural fit for Rover, continuing our ongoing investment in the world of British athletics, for example with our sponsorship of Team GB at the Olympics."
Frances Done, Chief Executive of the Commonwealth Games, added: "It is marvellous to have Rover on board as Official Car Sponsor for the Commonwealth Games. It is fantastic to be connected to such a prestigious British brand. By providing the fleet of cars, Rover is making a significant contribution to the success of the Games."

Rover is a major investor in British athletics. It is a sponsor of Team GB at the Olympics through an ongoing partnership with the British Olympic Association, which began with the Sydney Olympics and extends through to Athens 2004. Rover has also recently created the Rover Combined Events Initiative, a four-year grass-roots scheme in partnership with UK Athletics to help young athletes get involved with combined events – to find the stars of the future. The scheme will create 15 centres around the UK, providing children of primary school age upward with better facilities and standards of coaching in combined events. It will also support the National Combined Events Squad training sessions, investing in those athletes already at the pinnacle of their career, including Dean Macey and Denise Lewis.

Rover has created two cars to celebrate the Commonwealth Games – the Rover 25 and Rover 45 Spirit Special Editions.
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