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

From Amiril Muttaqien Meketar

BIRMINGHAM, July 28 (Bernama) — Last but not least, it’s Video games time!

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Game titles got underway with a dazzling opening ceremony at the recently-refurbished Alexander Stadium, Perry Barr in front of 30,000 spectators, right here.

The opening ceremony, which explored the ‘DNA’ of Birmingham and West Midlands, enjoyed the golden touches of Martin Environmentally friendly, who acquired an worldwide standing as head of ceremonies for London 2012 Olympic Games and Steven Knight, the creator and writer of just one of the most well-known television collection, ‘Peaky Blinders’.

Showcasing the city’s rich and varied heritage, the lively display was divided into a couple scenes, namely ‘Call to Gather’, ‘Everything to Everybody’, ‘Hear My Voice’ and ‘Raging Bull’ together with an outstanding light show and stunning fireworks – all crammed into two and the 50 percent several hours of a magical night.

The exhibit centered about the tale of Stella, performed by Lorell Boyce, and ‘The Dreamers’, a team of youthful athletes from close to the Commonwealth who traversed into Birmingham’s previous and present.

Quickly immediately 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 enthusiasm and commitment to the Commonwealth, beginning with her very first Commonwealth handle as a youthful princess.

What adopted was the emergence of large puppets that represented well known literary figures, musicians, and experts in background, together with a special visual appeal by all over the world ‘silent’ movie icon, Charlie Chaplin.

Just right before the start out 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 female education and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai produced a surprise cameo as she shipped a powerful speech, sharing her hopes on women’s participation in each and every culture.

The athletes and officers then marched into the stadium to thunderous applause and rousing cheers, with Australia the initially to enter the stadium while Malaysia ended up 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 officers, like chef de mission (CDM) Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya and his deputy Gerard Monteiro, followed fit.

The Malaysian gentlemen and women of all ages looked dashing in their white five-button baju Melayu and small modern kebaya that highlighted the countrywide flower – hibiscus – which was offered a new lifetime with a hand-painted batik-like abstract interpretation by a nearby designer.

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

Lewis then handed the baton that contains a information from the Queen to Prince of Wales Prince Charles, who study out the message just before declaring the 22nd version of the Game titles open.

British music icons Duran Duran delighted their hometown followers when they capped off a amazing ceremony by using centre phase to conduct “Tonight United” and “Ordinary World” as spectacular fireworks illuminated the ‘Brum’ sky.

About 6,500 athletes from 72 nations around the world and territories will just take component in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will operate till Aug 8.


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