CWG 2022 Games are officially open after grand opening ceremony.© AFP
CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Highlights: The 2022 Commonwealth Games was officially declared open after a grand opening ceremony was held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday. Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and the men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh lead the Indian contingent. Neeraj Chopra was the designated flag bearer for India in the opening ceremony, but he suffered an injury during the World Athletics Championships, where he won the silver medal. He had to pull out of CWG 2022 due to the injury. Earlier, drummer-percussionist Abraham Paddy Tetteh started things off at the Alexander Stadium, and then, Indian classical vocalist and composer Ranjana Ghatak took the lead, the section intended to showcase the diversity of the city. The Games, set to be the biggest and most expensive sporting event in the UK since the 2012 London Olympics, have had to deal with the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening ceremony is being attended by Prince Charles as its chief guest. The Queen’s Baton reached the Games village in Birmingham on Wednesday, July 27. The entire opening ceremony, which is expected to last about two and half hours, has been created by British screenwriter Steven Knight, who had produced the famous crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’. Talking about the CWG, athletes from over 72 nations and territories have entered the multi-discipline event. Meanwhile, India had bagged 66 medals in the previous edition of the Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast in Australia.
Here are the Highlights of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony from the Alexander Stadium, Birmingham
DURAN-DURAN CLOSE OUT THE SHOW!
Duran Duran performing right now. That’s it from our coverage. See you later today with all the action from Day 1.
CWG 2022 GAMES ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN!!!!
Commonwealth Games 2022 have been declared open in Birmingham after grand opening ceremony, which lasted almost two hours.
PRINCE CHARLES ON THE STAGE!
Prince Charles addresses everyone present inside the Alexander Stadium.
INDIA!!! THEY ARE HERE!!!
The wait is finally over! The Indian contingent is here, led by star shuttler PV Sindhu and India hockey captain Manpreet Singh.
NEW ZEALANDER’S ARE HERE!!
The Kiwis are here and the women’s cricket team chat is having a chat with one of the hosts
AUSTRALIANS ARE HERE!
Sporting contingents have assembled. First up are Australia.
BULL MADE BY FEMALE CHAIN MAKERS!
Currently, a raging bull is pulled along by female chain makers. It took 5 months to build and 10 metres high model
THE HISTORY OF BIRMINGHAM!
History of Birmingham on show: Buttons; car horns; celluloid film; printing press. Never knew these facts
BLACK SABBATH IN ACTION!
After Malala’s, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi mesmerises the crowd
TRIBUTE TO MALALA!
Malala Yousafzai addresses the crowd at the Alexander Stadium. Some story her as she explains. She now lives in Birmingham, for the record.
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: POWER OF THE BATON!
Despite the challenges posed by COVID-19, the baton did not miss a single day or territory during its journey to Birmingham
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: CARS EVERYWHERE!
72 cars from across five decades have been assembled, as a tribute to Birmingham’s motor industry
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: AMAZING SCENES!
An array of houses from around the Commonwealth have arrived at the Alexander Stadium, through virtual reality! Each house represents one of the 72 countries participating in the CWG.
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: HERE WE GO!
It’s showtime! We are up and running
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: ABOUT TIME!
Get those final drinks and snacks, get that final toilet trip in and get comfortable. We’re less than a minute away from the
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: KUDOS!
Over 14,000 volunteers will be working across the Games over the next 11 days with over 2,000 involved in tonight’s opening ceremony.
A fantastic effort!
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: 10 MINS Remain!
Anticipation is building at Alexander Stadium ahead of opening ceremony. Just 10 mins for the start
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: VIRAT KOHLI WISHES GOOD LUCK TO THE CONTINGENT!
My best wishes to the Indian women’s cricket team and all our athletes participating in the Commonwealth Games.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 28, 2022
CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: HELLO!
Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the CWG 2022 Opening ceremony from the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.
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