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The Commonwealth Games Federation changed their seal in early 2001. According
to the CGF Brand Standards Manual, the components of the new seal are described
thus: The Commonwealth Games' identity, the Bar, visually represents the
Games' effort to raise the bar of sport for all humanity. As such, a strong
horizontal bar forms the key element in the Commonwealth Games Mark. The Bar is
supported on either end by two broad, hemispheric strokes, and in the centre by
three converging points, which represent the trinity of ideals the Games
embraces: Humanity, Equality, and Destiny. Together, the forms create a mark
that is at once powerful and subtle, a beautifully timeless graphic
representation of the Commonwealth Games.
As the previous Ceremonial Flag was based on the old seal design, a new flag had to be created to reflect the new emblem. The new flag was used for the first time at the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester, England (25 July to 4 August, 2002).
(Source: Commonwealth Games Federation )
Dean Thomas, 17 May 2002
image by Eugene Ipavec, 25 March 2006
This flag was seen in use at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
A.P. Burgers, 23 March 2006
The Emblem and flag of the Commonwealth Games has undergone several evolutions, due to the changing of the name of the Games:
1930-1952: British Empire Games
1954-1966: British Empire and Commonwealth Games
1966-1974: British Commonwealth Games
1974-2001: Commonwealth Games (First Flag Variant)
2002-now: Commonwealth Games (New Flag Variant)
image by Dean Thomas, 4 March 1998
This flag was first used at a Commonwealth Games at the XI Games at Edmonton,
Canada (1978), and for the last time at the XVI Games at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The Seal differed from the Ceremonial Flag only in that the chain was laid out in a pentagonal configuration. This configuration represented the five geographical regions of the world where the member nations of the Commonwealth are located.
Dean Thomas, 21 May 2002
image by Darrell Neuman
Edmonton hosted the 11th Commonwealth Games in August 1978 which were officially
opened by the Queen. This is the flag of these Games.
Darrell Neuman, 1 May 2006