The 21st Commonwealth Games have officially kicked off in the Gold Coast, Australia.
The spectacular opening ceremony drew upon Australia’s long history and native traditions, featuring indigenous music and dance, before the Games were officially declared open by the Prince of Wales. Heavy rain did little to spoil the occasion.
The ceremony took place in front of 35,000 spectators inside the Carrara Stadium. Over 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will compete over 11 days for 275 gold medals.
Australia, as host of the games, are fielding a team of 473 athletes and sportspeople, who will be giving it their all to come first in this year’s medal table in front of home crowds. The last Commonwealth Games, hosted in Glasgow, Scotland, saw them pipped to the top spot by England.
The time difference means most events air live in the middle of the night UK time, but replays and highlights are available across the BBC.
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