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Commonwealth Games: A colorful start to the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, flag bearer for PV Sindhu and Manpreet India


Britain’s rich cultural heritage and a wonderful display of inclusiveness marked the start of the 22nd Commonwealth Games here with players trying to outdo themselves. Drummer Abraham Paddy Teteh opens the opening ceremony at the rafter-filled Alexander Stadium. After that, Indian classical singer and songwriter Ranjana Ghatak led the program. The purpose of this section was to showcase the diversity of the city.

The Commonwealth Games are the first large-scale sports to take place without various restrictions since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, 70 cars in red, white and blue combined to form the Union Jack, the flag of Great Britain. Even Prince Charles, portraying Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied the Duchess of Cornwall in her Aston Martin car.

In Commonwealth Games tradition, Australia, host of previous Games, topped the parade, followed by other countries in the Oceania region. After that, other countries entered the stadium according to the alphabet of their region. After Australia, countries from Africa, America, Asia and the Caribbean region came to the stadium. When India’s number as host of the 2010 Games came, people greeted the players with cheers and applause. Two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and captain of the men’s hockey team Manpreet Singh led the Indian team.

British Olympic champion and Commonwealth Games swimming gold medalist Tom Daly, accompanied by a contingent of gay flag bearers, brought the Queen’s Baton torch to the Alexander Stadium. Daly is a supporter of homosexuality. Duran Duran Band was also the attraction of this colorful ceremony which lasted two and a half hours, which also concluded the program. Famous Black Sabbath and City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra composer Tony Iommi also gave a captivating performance, while talented young ‘Ribble Valley’ singer Samantha Oxborough sang Britain’s national anthem. God Save the Queen”.

Grammy Award-winning guitarist Iommi and saxophonist Soweto Kinch also captivated the audience. This was attended by over 2000 performers showcasing the city’s rich past and present. It also demonstrated the mutual relations between the 72 countries associated with the Commonwealth Games. After the London Olympics in 2012, this sport will become the biggest and most expensive sport in Britain.

They are organized exactly 10 years after the London Olympics. The Opening Ceremony marked the start of the 11-day Games in which more than 5,000 players from 72 countries will take part in 280 events in 19 sports at 15 venues.

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