Caster leads SA at Commonwealth opening ceremony


The heart of the Commonwealth was accidentally relocated to Africa in the official program for Wednesday's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

The 2018 Gold Coast which will feature more than 6000 athletes from 71 nations to compete for 275 gold and medals will begin on Wednesday at the Carrara stadium.

It does correctly list England's "magical moment" as the "miracle mile" of 1954 when Roger Bannister beat Australian John Landy with both men running a mile in under four minutes - the first time two athletes had done so in the same race.

Eilidh Doyle, flag bearer of Scotland arrives with Scotland team during the Opening Ceremony for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. [Photo: Courtesy] Prince Charles, Prince of Wales greets dignitaries.

If you're missing your multi-sport fix following the close of the Paralympic and Olympic Winter Games, help is on the way from the Commonwealth. In 20th CWG games at the Glasgow in 2014, Sindhu was beaten by Canada's Michelle Li in the semifinals.

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Opening ceremony artistic director David Zolkwer said the ceremony was inclusive and "how, as the indigenous people of Australia tell us, we are all custodians of the same world".

She said: "It was exhilarating marching into the stadium with my team-mates". The crowd cheered loudly and it was a fantastic atmosphere.

The mascot of the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is a blue, surfing koala called Borobi.

The latest glitch to have forced the heads of the organisers down is the glaring mistake of listing England (of all nations!) as an African country in the official programme of the Games, to be sold at Australian $10 per copy. "Not every event that has been held in the last 100 years has been able to say that, but we are ready". England's Birmingham was later awarded the hosting rights. The motto of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is "Share the dream".

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. "I've raced in Australia once before at a smaller meet in Perth but to be here in this arena, which is going to be sold out every night, that's going to be unbelievable".