GOLD COAST- The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games officially kicked off as the dark night of the Gold Coast glittered with sparks of fireworks in the air, in such a flamboyant manner that prepared the environment for the games.
The early hours of the day started with showers ahead of the opening ceremony and the night probably needed fireworks, it was a scene to behold as Commonwealth nations all gathered in bright-looking colours displaying the various colours and cultures of the various nations.
The event having been declared open had a slight delay earlier as protesters from the Warriors of Aboriginal Resistance group had held up the Baton Relay for about an hour before it finally reached its destination.
Several venues and roads leading to venues had been closed and with more sun scheduled for the 11-day event, Gold Coast offered all the necessary embellishment needed to enrich and sustain the Games.
Over 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories will be taking part in the games competing for the 275 gold medals on ground.
Gold Coast games will surely offer Australia an opportunity to show to the world the hospitable nature which they are known for and to restore the lovely dignity of Australia when it comes to the games.
The games event officially starts off with Women Triathlon.