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Kuala Lumpur 1998

For the first time in its 68-year history, the Commonwealth Games were held in Asia. The XVI Games, held in Kuala Lumpur, were also the first Games to feature team sports - an overwhelming success that added large numbers to both participators and TV audience numbers.

A new record of 70 countries sent a total of 5,250 athletes and officials to the Kuala Lumpur Games. The top five countries in the medal standing were Australia, England, Canada, Malaysia and South Africa. Nauru also achieved an impressive haul of three gold medals.

Featured were 15 sports: aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cricket, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, netball, lawn bowls, rugby 7s, shooting, tenpin bowling, weightlifting and wrestling.

The Isle of Man participated in five of these and entered a team of 20 competitors.

Athletics - Race Walking: Steve Partington, Carolyn Partington and Karen Kneale. Track: Kevin Furlong
Aquatics - Alan Jones, Dane Harrop, David Batty, Gabrielle Henrard, Marcus Cooil and Emily-Clare Crookall-Nixon
Cycling - Andrew Roche, Robert Holden and Mark Kelly
Shooting - David Moore (50m Rifle Prone), Nigel Kelly, Glen Catlin, Peter Quilliam and Harry Creevy
Ten Pin Bowling - William Maxwell and Stephen Taylor
Athletics Team Manager - Alan Callow
Aquatics Team Manager - Caroline Cooil
Cycling Team Manager - Gary HindsĀ 
Shooting Team Manager - Frank Coffey
Chef de Mission - Robin Oake
General Team Manager - Ron Killey
Assistant Team Manager - Ian Harrop
HQ Official - Frank Anderson