GOLD COAST 2018: 9 Memorable Team Nigeria Commonwealth Games Moments

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Prince Charles delivered a speech composed by the Queen to the Gold Coast's Carrara Stadium as he declared the 21st Commonwealth Games open after a ceremony that began with an almighty storm and concluded with a spectacular firework display.

Athletes from 71 teams that will compete in 275 events across 19 sports over the next 11 days filled Carrara Stadium on the Gold Coast.

Moreover, for the first time ever, there will be the same number of men's and women's medal events at the Games.

The Indian contingent, led by flag-bearer Olympic silver-medallist PV Sindhu walked out to a warm reception from the almost 25,000 strong crowd which filled up the stadium that will also host the athletics event as well. But she was chosen to hand the baton to Prince Charles with the stadium illuminated by 7,000 LED lights, created to make it seem like a flawless night sky.

For Australia, displacing eternal rivals England - the 2014 table-toppers - at the head of the medals tally would be the flawless tonic after their cricketing calamity.

"I want the gold medal and I am not going into the ring here to win bronze", said Robertson.

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There were huge celebrations as the Queen's Baton arrived in Gold Coast this week after a 230,000-kilometre journey around the world, bearing the Queen's message which was read by her son, Prince Charles, at yesterday's opening ceremony. The crowd cheered loudly and it was a fantastic atmosphere.

While fears of issues ranging from security - 10,000 security forces, including police and soldiers, have been deployed for the 12-day event - and transport have been largely eased, there have been some controversies in the lead-up.

Rain or Sun, Team INDIA is one.

Among them was the Kenyan team which encompasses a group of athletes that will take part in various field events and races.

The mascot of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is a blue, surfing koala called Borobi. They put forth a brilliant composition of sound and dance that lived up to the Commonwealth Games Federation's motto of friendship.

Ifeajuna, a Nigerian army major who played a principal role in the January 15, 1966 military coup, had a personal best jump of 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) which was a games record and a British Empire record at the time.

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