Commonwealth Games opening ceremony lights up Gold Coast

Posted April 05, 2018

The three-hour pageant, which cost A$26 million (S$26.3 million), was also interspersed with strong indigenous themes and featured a 500-piece didgeridoo (traditional wind instrument) orchestra and ballet dancers from the famous Bangarra Aboriginal dance company.

The competition will go on until April 15, with Carrara Stadium the main venue.

Numerous participants in a competition often referred to as the "Friendly Games" are not Olympic all-stars, though there are significant figures competing over the next 11 days - Olympic champions Adam Peaty and Alistair Brownlee, former Olympic swimming gold medalist Chad Le Clos and track and field stars Caster Semenya and Valarie Adams, to name a few.

"The Queensland Police Service respects the right of people to protest lawfully and peacefully in Queensland but will not tolerate disruptive behaviour during the Commonwealth Games and associated events". She added: "This is a platform to show the world what it means to be a Commonwealth athlete".

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The 6-foot-8 centre is a two-time Olympian for Australia but is playing the Commonwealth Games for the first time.

But with respect to those who bring much-needed stardust, it is the sprinkling of athletes from so-called lesser nations who best embody the uniqueness of the Commonwealth Games - and encapsulate why it continues to justify its place on the sporting calendar.

Prince Charles has opened the 21st Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia in a lavish ceremony celebrating the nation's beach culture.

While many will be keen to win the 275 gold medals on offer and have their national anthem recited, to others, it will be a chance to conquer their fears, and to the rest, failure in Australia will leave them with bruised egos. "I'd still like to think of myself as one of the young ones", she said.

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"I would do it a thousand times more". The crowd cheered loudly and it was a fantastic atmosphere.

"We found out about it maybe 10 days ago".

"The Queensland Police Service is now investigating a complaint in relation to an allegation of assault of an aggravated nature involving an athlete and an official from the Mauritius team", Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski told reporters.

The Games baton arrived in a turquoise campervan and was delivered to Games president Louise Martin, who struggled before opening it and handing a message inside to Prince Charles.

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