Commonwealth Games 2018: Fans react to opening ceremony

Dai Greene

"We understand there may be showers. we hope that you will be wowed by tonight because I think it's going to be special".

Outside the opening ceremony, there were minor scuffles as about 100 protesters chanting "Always was, always will be Aboriginal land" faced off with police on horseback.

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.

Australian boxer Taylah Robertson has become the first medallist of the 21st Commonwealth Games without even stepping into the ring after she got a bye straight into the 51kg category women's semifinals.

Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) chief executive Mark Peters said the printing error had been a result of The Gambia's late admission.

The crowd of 35,000, among them...

It is a custom still widely practiced among many Indigenous Australians and involves the burning of various native plants to cleanse in the smoke and connect with good spirits. The full Team TTO contingent is now in Australia as the last batch of athletes arrived on Monday.

But with respect to those who bring much-needed stardust, it is the sprinkling of athletes from so-called lesser nations who best embody the uniqueness of the Commonwealth Games - and encapsulate why it continues to justify its place on the sporting calendar.

Paisley squash player Kevin Moran plays in the singles event in Gold Coast and will be joined in the mixed doubles by Lisa Aitken.

Among the VIPs in attendance were Prince Charles and his wife Camilla and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

If the Australia's constitutional future is unclear, so to arguably is the fate of an event which is in its ninth decade. Dressed in a glittering blue jumpsuit, she belted out Welcome to Earth.

The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.

The ceremony finished with Migaloo, a giant animatronic whale, being hoisted high into the stadium.

Others noted the view was no different to that on a Gold Coast beach on any given day.

"England has made a big impact for us and England is part of our success story", she said.

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