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!
# 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