In the programme for the Games’ opening ceremony – sold for A$10 (around R90) around the Gold Coast resort where the Games are being held – England’s population has been listed as just over two million and that they first made their appearance at the Games in 1970. The capital was also listed as Banjul.
According to the head of the organising committee, Mark Peters, the mistake came in as The Gambia – which the information actually related to – was a late entry to the Games. Gambia’s participation was only confirmed last month.
“We found out about it [the printing error] maybe 10 days ago,” Peters told a media briefing ahead of the opening ceremony.
“We went and spoke to England and said that, ‘Congratulations, the Commonwealth’s changing and it has since Brexit. And part of you is now part of Africa’.
“Sometimes you make mistakes and we cop it and we spoke to England.
“We are actually doing a special re-print of 500 to give to the English and to the CGF to make sure that in terms of the records that’s done correctly.
“We looked at putting stickers into the programs and all that but I guess in another minor ticketing issue, we say they’re going to be so valuable after the Games because of that mistake,” he explained.
This was not the first printing error the organisers encountered.
In February, it was found that the tickets sold for the opening ceremony had the wrong day listed. Around 14 000 tickets were sold for the event.
Session times for a number of events were also printed incorrectly on hundreds of tickets.
The Games are held every four years and feature nations and territories that were formerly part of the British empire.
At the 2014 Games, which were held in Glasgow, Scotland, England topped the medal table.
Peters added that both England and The Gambia had seen the humour in the situation and that England had declined the offer of a complete reprint.
The Games run from April 4 to April 15.