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7 August 2002, by Dean Thomas
Origin of the flag and seal
The Commonwealth Games Federation changed their seal in early 2001.
According to the CGF Brand Standards Manual, the central emblem represents:
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
The Emblem and flag of the Commonwealth Games has undergone several evolutions,
due to the chaging of the name of the Games:
Empire and Commonwealth Games
1974-2001: Commonwealth Games (First Flag Variant)
2002-now: Commonwealth Games (New Flag Variant)
The Previous Commonwealth Games Ceremonial Flag and
4 March 1998 by Dean Thomas.
This flag was used at a Commonwealth Games for the first time at the
XI Games at Edmonton, Canada (1978), and for the last time at the XVI Games
at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (1998).
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.
21 May 2002 by Dean Thomas