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Facts At A Glance
- The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games runs from Friday, 15 September to Sunday 1, October 2000.
- There will be 10 200 athletes and 5 100 officials - making this the largest Games ever.
- 12 000 accredited media, 3 200 hours of live coverage, every single event recorded.
- And a worldwide TV audience of 3.5 million people.
- An additional 1.6 million tourists will come to Australia between 1997-2004 as a result of the Games, generating an extra $6.1 in tourism export earnings (Tourism Forecasting Council 1998).
- More sports than ever before - 28 sports, 640 sessions.
- The sports are as follows: aquatics (diving swimming, synchronised swimming, synchronised diving, water polo); athletics; badminton; baseball; basketball; boxing; canoe/kayak (slalom. sprint); cycling (mountain bike, road, track); equestrian; fencing; football; gymnastics (artistic, rhythmic, trampoline); handball; hockey; judo; modern pentathlon; rowing; sailing; softball; shooting; table tennis; taekwondo; tennis; triathlon; volleyball (volleyball, Beach volleyball; weightlifting; wrestling (freestyle, greco-roman).
- Triathlon and Taekwondo are being included as Olympic sports for the first time at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. New disciplines include women's water polo, synchronised diving and trampolining.
- As host nation, Australians will compete in every sport.
- The Sydney 2000 Olympic Mascots are Syd the platypus, Millie the echidna and Olly the kookaburra.
- There will be a total of 9.6 million tickets to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Of these, 5 million will be on sale to Australians - more per capita than any other host nation has made available to its people. When this is added to tickets available to Australian athletes, Sponsors and Olympic Family members, about 75 per cent of all tickets available will go to Australians.
- The majority of venues will be located at Sydney Olympic Park at Homebush Bay.
- Olympic Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park will seat 110 000, the biggest Olympic Stadium in history.
- The other major venue precinct is the Sydney Harbour precinct, which includes City Centre (triathlon), Darling Harbour (boxing, judo, volleyball, weightlifting, fencing, wrestling), Moore Park (football preliminaries, quarterfinals, semifinals, Women's finals, Men's Bronze, cycling road race), Rushcutters Bay (sailing), Bondi Beach (beach volleyball).
- Other Venues are: Bankstown (cycling track), Blacktown (softball, baseball venue 2), Cecil Park (shooting), Fairfield (cycling mountain bike), Penrth Lakes (canoe/kayak sprint, rowing), Penrith Whitewater Stadium (canoe/kayak slalom).
- Horsley Park (equestrian), Ryde (water polo venue 2) and Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Adelaide (football-preliminaries).
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