Renfrewshire athletes ready for action in Commonwealth Games

Dai Greene

Team Singapore at the parade of nations at the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games at Carrara Stadium in Brisbane, Australia, on April 4, 2018.

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Eilidh Doyle, Scotland's first ever female flag bearer, led the Scots out at what was her first opening ceremony.

Mark Knowles, flag bearer of Australia arrives with the Australia team.

The party went on nonetheless and the ceremony began with a countdown sequence that welcomed the visitors to the "oldest living culture in the world" and went on to pay tribute to Australia's heritage before the European invasion.

The Games at beachside Gold Coast give Australia a timely opportunity to fix their sporting reputation after a cheating scandal in cricket left the country reeling.

If the Australia's constitutional future is unclear, so to arguably is the fate of an event which is in its ninth decade.

He said: "Even though we are half a world away, we are all connected".




Indigenous activists are planning more demonstrations and have dubbed the event the "Stolenwealth Games", a reference to Britain's colonization of their ancestral lands.

Australia will hope for a fast start when the competition gets underway, with Olympic champions Mack Horton and Kyle Chalmers expected to star in the outdoor Southport pool.

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.

Mauritian media said chef de mission Kaysee Teeroovengadum had been accused of the offence and had stepped down, but that he remained in Gold Coast, the Games' host city.

The Indian women athletes did not wear sarees for the first time in an worldwide sports event.

The buzz that seemed lacking in the build-up to the Games was very much there during the ceremony, attended by the British Royals, as Gold Coast turned out in numbers to welcome 71 nations of the Commonwealth.

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".

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