Commonwealth Games: England suffers identity crisis after programme misprint

  • 04/04/2018

England has undergone a bizarre geographical relocation, with the official Commonwealth Games opening ceremony programme referred to the empire's founder as part of Africa.

Printing errors in the 130-page programme resulted in many of England's details being swapped with those of late Games entrant Gambia.

The misprint has caused much amusement among Games participants, with the captain of Ghana's women's hockey team welcoming her new neighbours. 

Nafisatu Umaru described the mix-up as somewhat fitting, after the role England had played in assisting her team to qualify for their first Commonwealth Games hockey tournament.

England made a four-year commitment to help their bid to take part in the 2018 Games.

"Yes, we happily do," Umaru said, when asked if Africa welcomed England's relocation.

"England has made a great impact for us. England is a part of our story."

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation chief executive Mark Peters said the printing error had been a result of Gambia's late admission.

In the programme, England's population is listed as 2,051,363 - a far cry from the actual population of about 66.5 million - while London has been replaced by exotic Banjul as the capital.

The programme also says England's first Games were in 1970, but in reality, it was four decades earlier.

"We spoke to England and said 'Congratulations, the Commonwealth's changing and it has since Brexit, and part of you is now part of Africa'," Peters said.

"Sometimes you make mistakes and we cop it."

Mr Peters said Goldoc offered to pulp the incorrect $10 programmes and rush through a correct run, but England said that would not be necessary.

Goldoc will print 500 correct copies of the programme for the English athletes and officials, as well as for the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Mr Peters says those who get their hands on an incorrect copy of the programme will have a unique souvenir.