Nigeria flies Flag high at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Nigeria flies Flag high at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Nigeria flies Flag high at 2018 Commonwealth Games

Team Scotland was the first nation out into the arena for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia's Gold Coast. Let the Games begin.

While Kilbarchan AAC runner Callum Hawkins from Elderslie will compete in the marathon on the night of April 15.

Hosts Australia has the largest contingent of 473 athletes competing in this year's Games with the majority participating in the athletics (109), swimming (70) and cycling (36).

Indian shuttler PV Sindhu guides the confident Indian contingent here at Gold Coast.

Alongside the Australian flag flew the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and as the ceremony came to its conclusion Luther Cora, a contemporary Aboriginal artist, and his family conducted a traditional smoking ceremony. There was a slightly uncomfortable moment as the former Queensland premier Peter Beattie publicly thanked the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall for attending the ceremony only for cameras to flick to a seemingly unaware Camilla flicking through a pamphlet.

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The Commonwealth Games has brought together 71 nations and territories of the Commonwealth and the opening ceremony was billed as "a celebration of unity, culture and diversity".

Prince Charles was appearing on behalf of the Queen, reading the monarch's message to the gathered athletes.

Australia's cycling team are expected to star in the track events.

A total of 227 Indian athletes will take part in the event.

As a proud Gold Coast local and the biggest Australian star in the Games' premier sport, Pearson was the ideal choice to complete the baton relay, just as Cathy Freeman had been the flawless fit to light the cauldron at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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The team management is hopeful that the side can finish within the top three in the overall medals tally and have an improved haul than in Glasgow 2014.

It has England's population listed at just over two million and their first Commonwealth Games appearance in 1970.

Besides boxing, Kenyans will be in action in bowling where Eunice Mbugua was programmed to play matches against Catherine Wimp of Papua New Guinea and Carmen Anderson of the Norfolk Island in the women's singles at 2am and 5am respectively, Kenyan time.

His feat in 1954 made him the first Black African to win a gold medal at an worldwide sports event.

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