Melbourne, Australia, has become more alive and exciting than has been the case perhaps since last hosting the Olympic Games several decades ago. The occasion this time around is the hosting of the Commonwealth Games, considered small by comparison to the prestigious Olympic Games.
Melbourne is a beautiful city steeped in sporting history.
The host venue of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and all of the days of track and field competition is the scenic and most renowned Melbourne Cricket Ground, popularly known to cricket aficionados as the MCG.
For many the MCG is a fitting indication of the extent to which the host, the City of Melbourne, is prepared to go to ensure that this 18th edition of the Commonwealth Games emerges as the best in the history of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).
Many visitors here are anxious to observe the manner in which the MCG has been transformed to accommodate a synthetic track and allow for the hectic track and field competition.