|The XVIII Commonwealth Games will be held in Melbourne from 15 to 26 March 2006. Around 4,500 athletes will participate from 71 Commonwealth Games Associations (CGA). Organisers have estimated that approximately
one billion people will watch the Games, which are to include Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD).The EAD program comprises 12 events across swimming, athletics, table tennis and
powerlifting. While other multi-national games, such as the Asian, Pan Am, African and Winter Olympics, were founded on geographic or climate factors, the Commonwealth Games
was founded on history.|
The first of the Commonwealth Games related stamps released in 2005 was the Queen's Birthday 50c stamp. The Logo stamp shown here is the first of two parts which will make up the official Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games stamp issue. Part 2 will be released on 1 March 2006.