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Commonwealth Games 2018 conclude with India bagging third position in medals tally
The XXI Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast in Queensland state of Australia with the motto 'Share the Dream' from April 4 to 15 have concluded.

This time, India has done fairly well at the Games by winning 66 medals in all out of which 26 are gold and 20 each silver and bronze medals.

Host country Australia stood first in the medals tally by bagging 198 medals while England got the second position by winning 136 medals in all.

It was the fifth time that Australia hosted the Commonwealth Games. Another highlight was that this time the Games achieved gender parity by having an equal number of events for males and females.

The closing ceremony was held at Carrara Stadium and was produced by Jack Morton Worldwide in which the Australian pop stars Guy Sebastian, Samantha Jade, Dami Im and the Veronicas performed. Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, declared the Games closed and passed the Commonwealth flag to Birmingham, England which will host the 2022 Games.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated India's contingent of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

"India's contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has made every Indian extremely proud. All our sportspersons gave their best and played very well. I congratulate all those athletes who are bringing back medals. Every athlete who represented India at 2018 Commonwealth Games inspires us. Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG," stated PM Modi in an official release.

He hoped that India's success at 2018 Commonwealth Games would motivate more youngsters to pursue sports and create larger awareness on the importance of fitness in everyone's life.

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