PM wishes athletes 'all the best' at Commonwealth Games

PM wishes athletes 'all the best' at Commonwealth Games

PM wishes athletes 'all the best' at Commonwealth Games

Gambia - who rejoined the Commonwealth in February after withdrawing in 2013 - have the smallest team at the Games, consisting of six athletes.

The opening ceremony finished on a brighter note than the way it started Wednesday night, when a heavy rain shower drenched fans in the stadium. "I'm not a veteran yet".

The official guide to the Games, which profiles the 71 participating nations and territories and was published ahead of Wednesday's opening ceremony, claims England's capital is Banjul.

Luther Cora, from the Bundjalung nation, which is in the Gold Coast area, performed a traditional smoking ceremony with his family.

With wind gusts in excess of 100 kilometres per hour in the north-eastern shores of Australia, the gales were threatening to stray into the Gold Coast games venues with Queensland State police issuing early warnings to locals. The group of approximately 30 people lined up in nearby Southport, leaving the relay staff and baton runners stranded in a parking lot.

Team Scotland, Team England and Team Cyprus arrives at the opening ceremony.

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In a statement, Queensland Police said it will not tolerate "disruptive behaviour" during the Games.

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO David Grevemberg said: "We take these matters incredibly seriously and there is a zero tolerance to these situations and our absolute focus is on safety and respect for individuals".

Notwithstanding the 1.1 million tickets sold - 1.24 million were available - for the Gold Coast Games, the appeal of the Commonwealth Games has diluted in recent years, with many host cities hesitant to spend the money needed to build or redevelop the necessary infrastructure.

Organizers insist the Games, which started life as the British Empire Games in 1930, are still relevant in the modern world, pointing to the move to an equal number of men's and women's medal events. World No.3 Sindhu, the 2016 Olympic silver medallist, who spearhead India's campaign in the mixed team event. He declined to give further details. The man who replaced Holland, James Stannard, sustained a fractured skull in a one-punch attack last week and will miss the Commonwealth Games.

Prince Charles, opening the 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games on behalf of his mother Queen Elizabeth II, said "sport can be a great force for good which can help create harmony between communities".

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