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Commonwealth Games: Brummies officially welcome 6,500 athletes in stunning fashion

From Amiril Muttaqien Meketar

BIRMINGHAM, July 28 (Bernama) — Ultimately, it is Game titles time!

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Online games received underway with a stunning opening ceremony at the newly-refurbished Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr in entrance of 30,000 spectators, below.

The opening ceremony, which explored the ‘DNA’ of Birmingham and West Midlands, enjoyed the golden touches of Martin Green, who gained an global name as head of ceremonies for London 2012 Olympic Games and Steven Knight, the creator and writer of just one of the most popular tv sequence, ‘Peaky Blinders’.

Showcasing the city’s rich and varied historical past, the lively demonstrate was divided into a number of scenes, specifically ‘Call to Gather’, ‘Everything to Everybody’, ‘Hear My Voice’ and ‘Raging Bull’ alongside with an remarkable light-weight exhibit and magnificent fireworks – all crammed into two and the 50 percent hours of a magical night.

The exhibit centered all-around the tale of Stella, performed by Lorell Boyce, and ‘The Dreamers’, a team of youthful athletes from all-around the Commonwealth who traversed into Birmingham’s previous and current.

Straight away soon after that, the organisers paid a fitting tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who celebrated the Platinum Jubilee marking the 70th anniversary of her reign, by sharing the story of the Queen’s passion and commitment to the Commonwealth, commencing with her first Commonwealth handle as a young princess.

What followed was the emergence of big puppets that represented well known literary figures, musicians, and scientists in historical past, such as a particular appearance by worldwide ‘silent’ motion picture icon, Charlie Chaplin.

Just in advance of the start off of the ‘Hear My Voice’ scene, which recognised the arrival of newcomers to Birmingham and unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pakistani activist for feminine schooling and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai manufactured a surprise cameo as she shipped a highly effective speech, sharing her hopes on women’s participation in each and every culture.

The athletes and officials then marched into the stadium to thunderous applause and rousing cheers, with Australia the to start with to enter the stadium even though Malaysia were being the 42nd workforce to do so.

The Malaysian contingent, with woman squash player Aifa Azman and powerlifting ace Bonnie Bunyau Gustin as flagbearers, led the way as 38 other athletes and officials, including chef de mission (CDM) Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya and his deputy Gerard Monteiro, followed match.

The Malaysian gentlemen and gals looked dashing in their white five-button baju Melayu and shorter modern kebaya that featured the countrywide flower – hibiscus – which was offered a new daily life with a hand-painted batik-like summary interpretation by a local designer.

England’s best male diver Tom Daley was among the athletes supplied the honour of carrying the Queen’s Baton before it was ultimately handed to property-grown previous heptathlete Denise Lewis.

Lewis then handed the baton containing a information from the Queen to Prince of Wales Prince Charles, who study out the message prior to declaring the 22nd edition of the Video games open.

British tunes icons Duran Duran delighted their hometown enthusiasts when they capped off a fantastic ceremony by using centre stage to conduct “Tonight United” and “Ordinary World” as impressive fireworks illuminated the ‘Brum’ sky.

About 6,500 athletes from 72 nations around the world and territories will take component in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Online games, which will operate until eventually Aug 8.

— BERNAMA



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