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.