Birmingham 2022 begins with the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games


The 22nd Commonwealth Games begin later on Thursday in Birmingham.

The Opening Ceremony begins at 8pm at Alexander Stadium and will be attended by the Prince of Wales.

It has been almost 10 years to the day since the critically acclaimed opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Over the next 11 days, more than 5,000 athletes from 72 nations will compete in 280 events in 19 sports.

Joining the front runners from England, Australia and Canada are lesser known associations such as Norfolk Island, who will be represented in the second largest city with 14 lawn bowlers.

Saint Helena sends a 14-strong team consisting of athletes, swimmers and a badminton player, while Niue has a 15-strong team that will compete in boxing, bocce and weightlifting.

Diver Jack Laugher and weightlifter Emily Campbell will be the flag bearers for Team England.

However, the host nation’s medal hopes were dealt a blow on Wednesday when sprinter Dina Asher-Smith withdrew from the games.

Asher-Smith broke her British record when she finished fourth in the 100m World Final last week and won a bronze medal in the 200m.

But the 26-year-old arrived during the 4 x 100m relay with a hamstring injury that forced her to sit out. Birmingham 2022 begins with the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games

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