The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games has already begun with a spectacularly grand opening ceremony at the Carrara Stadium of Gold Coast, Australia. In this multi-sport extravaganza of CWG 2018, the Parade of Nations was led by Scotland. Hours before the ceremony started, PM Modi extended his best wishes to the athletes representing India at the CWG 2018.
All the best to the athletes representing India at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games! Our sportspersons have worked tremendously hard and the Games will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talent. Every Indian is cheering for our contingent. #GC2018 @GC2018
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2018
Sania Mirza, India’s tennis star also took to Twitter to wish good luck to all the athletes taking part in the games.
Good luck to our Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games .. bring it home guys @thecgf
— Sania Mirza (@MirzaSania) April 4, 2018
The Indian contingent at CWG 2018 consisting of 200 athletes was led by flag-bearer PV Sindhu who was all smiles during the parade.
Source: The Quint
The ceremony started with the visualization of the content drifts which was followed by a magnificent performance by a group of dancers clad in tribal attire. Besides, there was a performance by Ricki-Lee Coulter who sang Technicolor Love.
After Scotland leading the parade, several other countries entered the stadium with their respective contingents. This year at CWG, more than 4,500 athletes from 71 nations are going to fight for 275 gold medals across 23 events that will be played throughout 11 days.
This is the first time that the same number of men and women medal events are to take place at the Games. The first gold medal of the event will be contested on Thursday in the women’s triathlon. When not competing, the athletes can spend their time in playing virtual reality games, or swim and lounge by a man-made waterfall or even play the piano.