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Commonwealth Games
20th Commonwealth Games: Glasgow witnesses a spectacular opening ceremony
The 2014 Commonwealth Games event is being held in Glasgow, Scotland, from 23 July to 3 August this year in which around 4,950 athletes from 71 different nations and territories are competing in 17 different sports.

The XX Commonwealth Games took off in Glasgow, after a spectacular opening ceremony at Celtic Park on Wednesday with around 40,000 spectators watching it.

Noted Scottish singers Rod Stewart and Susan Boyle performed live at the ceremony and six-time Olympic champion Chris Hoy making an appearance. The stage was then set for an exhilarating music and song with Glaswegian singer Amy Macdonald singing Rod Stewart's 'Rhythm of My Heart' cheered by the spectators.

The dignitaries like British Prime Minister David Cameron, Scottish government first minister Alex Salmond and Commonwealth Games Federation President Prince Imran Tunku were present at the opening ceremony.

The head of Commonwealth countries, Queen Elizabeth II, declared the Games Open by saying "It is my greatest pleasure to declare the 20th Commonwealth Games open".

India, by the virtue of being the previous hosts, lead the march past parade at the opening ceremony. India has a 215 member contingent this time, their second largest ever, with athletics forming the biggest squad of 41.

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