The official program for the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on the Gold Coast has misprinted the wrong information under the English team’s overview – mistaking them for The Gambia.
The $10 booklet lists the population of England as 2,051,263 – falling well short of the actual number of 53 million – and lists the capital as Banjul.
It also has that England competed in its first Games in 1970, despite the nation taking part in every Commonwealth Games since 1930.
A Commonwealth Games spokesperson said the misprint was a result of a formatting error when making room for The Gambia, just before printing.
“GOLDOC is aware of a formatting error in the England team overview section of the official GC2018 Program,” a spokesperson said in a statement to SBS News.
“The formatting error occurred when The Gambia was reinstated back into the Commonwealth and subsequently the Games only a few weeks ago. GOLDOC was determined to include The Gambia in the official program and with the late addition and update to the Program, the page required re-formatting at the last minute at the printers, causing the error.”
Nafisatu Umaru, a female hockey player from fellow African nation Ghana, made light of error when asked by reporters.
“England has made a great impact for us and England is part of our success story,” she told reporters.