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Glitzy Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

05 April, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • A Gold Coast Tram painted with Commonwealth Games announcement drives past in Gold Coast Australia Monday

This is the first edition to offer the same number of events for male and female competitors, the integrated para-sport programme will be the most extensive in the Games history and it will introduce women's rugby sevens and beach volleyball.

The Commonwealth Games got off to a damp start on Wednesday as a downpour hit the opening ceremony.

There were huge celebrations as the Queen's Baton arrived in Gold Coast this week after a 230,000-kilometre journey around the world, bearing the Queen's message which was read by her son, Prince Charles, at yesterday's opening ceremony.

A giant replica of Migaloo, the white humpback whale which has become a symbol of environmentalism in Australia, then floated gently into the stadium.

They protested against the brutalities committed during Britain's occupation and insisted that the country should have nothing to do with the Commonwealth, given the land and a generation that was "stolen" by the colonial masters.

"There was an overprint", said Mark Peters, chief executive of the Gold Coast Games.

"It is electric", said teenaged sprint sensation Riley Day from the nearby Queensland town of Beaudesert.

A tropical rainstorm failed to dampen spirits for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on the Gold Coast in Australia on Wednesday. I was quite anxious as this is my first time as the flag-bearer.


The ceremony started with a discussion about aliens that seemed to go over most viewers' heads (including ours). The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall also had a stunning photo.

The country had secured 64 medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which included 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze.

". sport can be a great force for good which can help create harmony between communities".

But not everything ran perfectly.

The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games took place in a packed Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast, the host city for the Commonwealth Games.

Australian Associated Press reported three protesters were arrested by police as they tried to enter the stadium without tickets.

They were part of a group, numbering about 100, who were reportedly chanting "no justice, no games".

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