Commonwealth Games kick off in Australia

Flag-bearer and reigning Commonwealth Games 10m air pistol champion Teo Shun Xie leading the Singapore contingent during the opening ceremony in Carrara Stadium on Australia's Gold Coast yesterday. Singapore is represented in the Games by 60 athletes
Flag-bearer and reigning Commonwealth Games 10m air pistol champion Teo Shun Xie leading the Singapore contingent during the opening ceremony in Carrara Stadium on Australia's Gold Coast yesterday. Singapore is represented in the Games by 60 athletes in 11 sports.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

Flag-bearer and shooter Teo Shun Xie led the Singapore contingent into the Carrara Stadium as the 21st Commonwealth Games opened with a spectacular three-hour ceremony on the Gold Coast, Australia, last night.

A capacity crowd of 35,000 and an estimated 1.5 billion television viewers watched as Prince Charles declared the Games open after he received the Queen's Baton.

The Games feature 18 sports and 6,600 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth nations and territories. Singapore is represented by 60 athletes in 11 sports, with the swimmers, shuttlers, gymnasts and paddlers beginning their campaigns today. The event runs until April 15.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 05, 2018, with the headline 'Commonwealth Games kick off in Australia'. Print Edition | Subscribe