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CWG 2018 Opening Ceremony Highlights: Prince Charles declares 21st Commonwealth Games OPEN! Live

A Strong 218-member Indian Contingent Will Be Aiming To Bring In A Bagful Of Medals And Improve On The Nation's Fifth-place Standing At The 2014 Games In Glasgow.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Gautam Lalotra | Updated on: 04 Apr 2018, 06:21:11 PM
Commonwealth Games 2018: Prince of Wales declares Games OPEN (Source: Twitter)

New Delhi:

The 2018 Commonwealth Games is set to commence with a glittering opening ceremony at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast in some time from now. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:30 (IST). 

More than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations will compete for 275 gold medals at the Commonwealth Games. This is the first major multi-sport event which will have the same number of men’s and women’s medal events. 

A strong 217-member Indian contingent will be aiming to bring in a bagful of medals and improve on the nation's fifth-place standing at the 2014 Games in Glasgow. 

At the previous edition of Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Indian medal tally stood at 64 – 15 gold, 30 silver and 19 bronze. 

Here are the HIGHLIGHTS

# Indian Hockey player SV Sunil shares snapshots with fellow teammates.

# Indian Hockey team goalkeeper Sreejesh PR clicks a picture with teammate SV Sunil.

# And the opening ceremony of the 21st Commonwealth Games comes to an end! Now, we await the onset of the 11 day games.

# Prince Charles, along with Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and Peter Beattie AC, Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, declares the 21st Commonwealth Games open!

# The final bearer of the Queen's Baton is Sally Pearson!
# Brent Livermore takes charge of the baton next.
# Next to hold the baton is Liz Ellis.
# McGee hands the baton to Kurt Fearnley.
# Brad McGee takes the baton from Susie O'Neill.
# The prestigious Queen's Baton arrives in the stadium! The final bearer of the Queen's Baton is Susie O'Neill
# Indian shooter Gagan Narang tweets, "Rain or Sun, #TeamINDIA is one! We stand together despite torrential rain and take the tricolour into the #Carrara Stadium @GC2018 #OpeningCeremony."
# Karen Murphy, Lisa Alexander, and Desmond take the oath and represent all of the players and athletes for the next 11 days of the Games.
# The Ceremonial Flag is carried by six athletes from different countries. The athletes are Brendon Williams, South Africa's Natalie du Toit, New Zealand's Alison Shanks, Canada's Nicole Forrester, Scotland's Colin Gregor and Scotland's Rhona Toft.
# Ceremonial flag of the Commonwealth Games Federation brought on the stage.
# Tribal performance by daners mesmerise the audience
# And finally, the host team, Team Australia with a contingent of 474 players, on the stage!
# Team Vanuatu on the stage!
# Team Tonga on the stage!
# Team Solomon Islands on the stage!
# Team Samoa's 14th appearance at the CWG stage!
# Team Papua New Guinea on the prestigious CWG stage!
# Team Norfolk Islands on the CWG stage!
# Team Niue comes on the stage!
# Team Nauru on the prestigious stage!
# Team Fiji on the stage!
#Team Turks and Caicos Islands!
# Team Trinidad and Tobago on the stage.
# St Vincent and the Grenadines Team on the stage.
# Team St Kitts and Nevis on the stage!
# Team Saint Lucia enters the stage!
# Team Montserrat on the stage!
# Team Jamaica welcomed by Gold Coast.
# Team Grenada enters the stage!
# Team Dominica on the stage!
# Team Cayman Islands on the stage!
# Team British Virgin Islands enter stage!
# Team Barbados on the stage!
# Team Antiga and Barbuda welcomed by CWG 2018!
# Team Anguilla enters the stage!
# The Sri Lankan team arrives on the stage!
# Team Singapore takes on the stage!
# Team Pakistan enters the stage!
# Team India takes on the prestigious stage of the CWG 2018. PV Sindhu leads the 271 strong Indian contingent in Gold Coast Games. With 64 medals won in Glasgow, India awaits to conquer Gold Coast too!
# Team Brunei Darasullam enters the stage!
# Team Bangladesh enters on the stage!
# Team Bahamas on the stage!
# Team St Helena enters the stage!
# Team Guyana on the stage!
# Team Falkland Islands on the stage!
# The Canadian team enters the prestigious stage!
# Team Bermuda on the stage!
# Team Belize is in!
# Last of African nations, Team Zambia on the stage!
# One of the smallest team, Team Tanzania on the stage.
# Team Uganda in! 
# The Gambian Team on the stage.
# Team Swaziland joins the stage of CWG 2018!
# Team South Africa greeted in Gold Coast CWG 2018.
# Team Sierra Leone on the stage!
# Team Seychelles, with total six medals, gets ready to conquer CWG 2018!
# Team Rwanda in Gold Coast!
# Team Namibia in Gold Coast! Two time CWG gold medalist, Namibia team awaits to conquer again!
# Team Mozambique on the stage!
# Gold Coast welcomes Team Mauritius!
# Team Malawi on the stage.
# Team Lesotho is in!
# Next in is Team Kenya. Team Kenya hasn't won a god since 1996.
# Team Ghana enters the stage.
# Team Cameroon takes on the stage next.
# Australia welcomes Team Wales to CWG 2018.
# Gold Coast welcomes Team Northern Ireland.
# Team Malta arrives on stage.
# Team Jersey on the stage.
# Team Isle of Man steps on stage.
# The next team to step on stage is Guernsey. 
# Team Gibraltar arrive on stage.
# Team England arrives on stage.
# Cyprus team arrives on stage.
# Parade of Nations begins. The first team to arrive on the stage is the previous host country, Scotland.
Damien Rider has the baton and the story of the Queen’s Baton Relay is being narrated.

# Another mesmerising performance showcasing the Australian Gold Coast beach starts.
# The Queen's baton arrives at the Carrard stadium

# Flag hoisting in process

# Australian National Anthem being played

# The stage is shared by dignitaries like Louise Martin CBE, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Peter Beattie AC, the Chairman of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and Sam Coffa AM, President of Commonwealth Games Australia.

# Prince Charles of Wales takes the centre stage.

# The next CWG to be held in Berlin.

# Presidents of the Commonwealth Games Federation come out on stage.

# A tribal performance captures the audience's eyes.

# Australian singer Christine Anu, who performed at the Sydney 2000 Olympics, takes on the stage.

# A representation of how the Earth emerged and human life started takes the viewers by surprise!

# And the celebrations have started! The theme for the ceremony is 'Hello Earth'

PV Sindhu will be the flag bearer for India in Gold Coast

A number of Indian athletes are being billed as strong contenders for gold medals in Gold Coast. 

India has always been a powerhouse in shooting, wrestling, boxing and badminton disciplines

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First Published : 04 Apr 2018, 03:21:33 PM