71 countries will be taking part in the Games which will run for over 10 days.
Gold Coast: Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu on Wednesday guided the 227-member Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony here.
Sindhu was confirmed as the flag-bearer ahead of the games, and the Indian team looked confident and happy at the opening ceremony.
The Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games has begun! It tells a universal story – inspired by the peoples and landscape, cultures and history of Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia and today's modern Commonwealth. pic.twitter.com/LmzykC0Iob— Commonwealth Games Federation (@thecgf) April 4, 2018
Team Scotland, Team England and Team Cyprus arrives at the opening ceremony.
Others to arrive are Team Malta, Team Kenya, Team Ghana Team, Wales Team Jersey, Team Gibraltar among a few.
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu guides the confident Indian contingent here at Gold Coast.
A total of 227 Indian athletes will take part in the event. Ace Indian shuttler PV Sindhu will be the country’s flag bearer during the opening ceremony.
Our #Champion @Pvsindhu1 is #AllSet to lead #TeamIndia in the 'Parade of the Nations' at the grand #OpeningCeremony of the @GC2018 #CommonwealthGames— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 4, 2018
Voice your support and wish us luck in our biggest #GoldQuest at the #GC2018 in #GoldCoast ! pic.twitter.com/E7Q2h3qAS2
Its happening now!!!— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 4, 2018
A billion wishes and another billion hearts are all behind #TeamIndia as the #GC2018 opens for India's biggest #GoldQuest in the #GoldCoast2018 #CommonwealthGames!#AllTheBest @GC2018 @thecgf @Queensland 🎉 pic.twitter.com/if6ZsjseEX
Just 1 #DayToGo— IOA - Team India (@ioaindia) April 4, 2018
Doors to the #GC2018 will open in just one more day for #TeamIndia in its quest for Golds 🥇🥇at the 21st @GC2018 #CommonwealthGames
We're all set to dazzle! #SHARETHEDREAM @afiindia @ParalympicIndia pic.twitter.com/sW5aFDK8Jh
The crowds have started to arrive at Gold Coast in what is going to be a colourful event to kick off the games.
In terms of countries, 71 of them will be participating in the competition.
India will pin its hopes on the likes of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, boxer MC Mary Kom, wrestler Sushil Kumar, shooters Jitu Rai, Gagan Narang among a few others.
The Indian men’s and women’s hockey team will also look to put up a good show at the Games.
Saina, meanwhile, got a sigh of relief recently as her father was cleared to enter the Games village. The Hyderabad shuttler had threatened to pull out if the issue had not been solved.
Altogether, India will look to better their medal tally record of 101, including 38 Gold medals, as they finished second in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
In Glasgow last time around, India finished fifth with 64 medals, with 15 of them being gold medals.
Date and venue:
The 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Carrara Stadium in Gold Coast, Queensland in Australia.
The opening ceremony will start to be shown live on TV from 7.30 PM (local time). For the audiences, who will watch it from India, the ceremony will kick off at 3 PM IST.
Live streaming and live telecast:
Live telecast: The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be shown live on Sony Six, Sony Six HD and Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD (English Commentary) and on Sony Ten 3 and Sony Ten 3 HD (Hindi commentary).
Live streaming: The viewers can enjoy the live streaming of the opening ceremony on SonyLiv.com