Commonwealth Game 2018 opening ceremony: How Twitter reacted

by Steven Clarke April 5, 2018, 0:19
Commonwealth Game 2018 opening ceremony: How Twitter reacted

A tropical rainstorm failed to dampen spirits for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on the Gold Coast in Australia on Wednesday.

With the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast nearly upon us, it is time to revisit India's performances at the Games.

Boxer Magan Maka led the 13 Tongan athletes into the Carrara Stadium.

Malaysia are expected to deliver more than six gold medals at the games.

The protestors, carrying signs that read "colonisation is not a game", had earlier disrupted a leg of the Queen's Baton Relay and demanded Britain's royal family members ask them for permission to visit "stolen" land.

The opening ceremony at the fully-packed 35,000-seat Carrara Stadium was beamed to an estimated 1.5 billion television audience, and viewers were treated to a spectacular showpiece despite a sudden and brief downpour minutes before the programme began.

Activities, who have dubbed the event as the "Stolenwealth Games" aim to highlight that despite former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's national apology in 2008 to Australia's Aboriginal people for past injustices, progress has been slow on the timetable he set for ending indigenous disadvantage.

After two dud performances against Malaysia and Australia, the Indian team had a point to prove against Pakistan and they did it in style.

Commonwealth Games organizers have confused England with the African Republic of The Gambia in the event's official program, which contains information about the 71 nations participating.

The baton is due at the stadium for the opening ceremony Wednesday night.

"I continue to be inspired by all those taking part and I send my warm wishes to every individual and team".

But the real star of the festivities was Migaloo, a giant inflatable white whale that floated above spectators and performers alike as red confetti was showered on the stadium. The message on the screen read: "Welcome to the oldest living culture on Earth".

The BBC Sport website will stream up to five additional live sports each day and host a live text commentary featuring in-play video clips.

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