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Monday 8th July 2002
Airport gears up for arrivals

Diane Modahl

With just one week to go before the first Commonwealth Games teams are expected to arrive at Manchester Airport, track star turned BBC reporter, Diane Modahl, paid a visit to check on preparations.

The first teams are expected to start arriving from July 15 and the airport is gearing up for a busy few weeks, as the Games Family of teams, officials and VIPs pass through on their way to the competition and then fly home again afterwards.

And 34-year-old Commonwealth Games gold medallist, Diane, couldn’t be more excited about this fantastic sporting event. She will be reporting for the BBC during the Games, as she grabs those first post-competition interviews with all the biggest names in sport.

Welcoming the Games to her home town of Manchester has made this year even more special for Diane. "Seeing Manchester come alive and in full colour in the same way the World Cup galvanised the emotions and passions of the South Koreans and Japanese will be fantastic. I’m looking forward to being part of a big party, really.

"I’m looking forward to the haul of medals Team England will win," she said. "I think we’re going to do really well and it’s going to be great seeing the new names that emerge during the Games, as well as watching more established competitors like Kelly Holmes, Jonathan Edwards and Steve Backley."

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