Australia will try to forget all about cheating cricketers and restore their sporting image when the Commonwealth Games open at a gala ceremony in Gold Coast on Wednesday.
A small band of protesters have labelled the Games on Australia's Gold Coast the "Stolenwealth Games" and are using the event to protest a number of injustices suffered by the Aboriginal community, among the most disadvantaged in the country.
Over the past 388 days, on its journey from Buckingham Palace to the Gold Coast, the baton relay has passed through every nation and territory of the Commonwealth.
"Because the measures that have come in for drug-testing means these will be the cleanest Games, they'll be friendly Games and at the end of it our reputation globally will be restored".
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The Gold Coast erupted with colour.
The 140-minute ceremony kicked off late in front of a 35,000-strong global crowd - some of whom had paid up to $495 for tickets.
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.Читайте также: Mourning Continues In Kashmir On 3rd Day
The air was moist after a thrashing rainstorm drenched spectators making their way to the stadium. The full Team TTO contingent is now in Australia as the last batch of athletes arrived on Monday.
Prior to the final of the women's 100 metres at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie of Bahamas was the record holder. "I know people expect a lot from you but it's not so hard to deal with it", three-time World Championships medallist Sindhu added.
Thankfully for everyone involved at the Carrara Stadium the heavy rain ceased shortly after the ceremony began.
Australia's men's hockey team captain Mark Knowles led the hosts through the stadium at 9:36pm local time with the public address letting out the popular 1981 tune by Australian rock band Men at Work "Down Under". Dressed in a glittering blue jumpsuit, she belted out Welcome to Earth.
The royal visit by Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales and heir-apparent to the British throne, and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, has caused lots of excitement here with royal watchers having a field day trailing the couple.
A huge inflatable whale floated above the stadium as the ceremony drew towards a close.
"The ancient stories told by the Indigenous people of Australia remind us that though we may be half a world away we are connected", he read.
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