Commonwealth Games LIVE Opening Ceremony: Latest updates on the start of Birmingham 2022


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The Queen’s baton is handed over to Nadia Ahmed in Bordesley, Birmingham

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The 2022 Commonwealth Games begin tonight in Birmingham with the Opening Ceremony at the redesigned Alexander Stadium, which will host athletics from next week.

A little over 10 years after the memorable opening ceremony of the London Olympics, the creative team behind the show is expected to highlight the talent and diversity of the West Midlands in a performance lasting approximately three hours. The focus is on the Parade of Nations, with participating athletes from countries across the Commonwealth parading into the stadium under their flag. Diver Jack Laugher and weightlifter Emily Campbell were selected as flag bearers for the host nation, England.

More than 5,000 athletes will compete for 280 gold medals in 20 different sports over the next 10 days. These Games will be the first global multisport event to feature more medals for women than men and will feature the largest integrated parasports program to date.

Follow the latest updates from the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony below.

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Featured: Ellyse Perry

A host of top stars will continue to descend on Birmingham for this month’s Commonwealth Games. Here we’ve handpicked five overseas athletes who will most likely turn heads as they attempt to add to their already impressive roster of sporting achievements.

One of women’s cricket’s true superstars, Perry will light up the inaugural competition in Birmingham.

The all-rounder, who recently recovered from a back injury, is the first Australian to represent his country at both a cricket and football World Cup, having won the latter at the 2011 event in Germany.

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Featured: Matthew Glaetzer

A host of top stars will continue to descend on Birmingham for this month’s Commonwealth Games. Here we’ve handpicked five overseas athletes who will most likely turn heads as they attempt to add to their already impressive roster of sporting achievements.

The Australian track cycling star rose to three gold medals on the Gold Coast but was forced to take a break after being diagnosed with thyroid cancer the following year.

Glaetzer fought his way back to make the Tokyo Olympic team – where he took some heat for his tactics in the keirin final – and will once again be a key contender for a medal in Birmingham.

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Worth seeing: Peace Proscovia

A host of top stars will continue to descend on Birmingham for this month’s Commonwealth Games. Here we’ve handpicked five overseas athletes who will most likely turn heads as they attempt to add to their already impressive roster of sporting achievements.

The Ugandan captain is expected to be one of the stars of the women’s netball competition as her team tries to assert themselves in the medal fight.

One of her country’s best known sportswomen, the 6ft 4in Proscovia has played for clubs in Australia and the UK and is currently signed with Super League side Surrey Storm.

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Starring: Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

A host of top stars will continue to descend on Birmingham for this month’s Commonwealth Games. Here we’ve handpicked five overseas athletes who will most likely turn heads as they attempt to add to their already impressive roster of sporting achievements.

Jamaica’s eight-time Olympic medalist Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has announced her intention to compete in the women’s 100m in Birmingham, sparking the delicious prospect of a head-to-head with compatriot Elaine Thompson-Herah, who she passed gold at the Tokyo 2020 games.

Fraser-Pryce is yet to mark her career with an individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

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Para-athletes ‘true members of the team’ at record-breaking Commonwealth Games

Two-time Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock has praised the “amazing” inclusiveness of the Commonwealth Games as Birmingham hosts the largest integrated para-sports program in the history of the competition.

The 2022 Games, which will take place from July 28 to August 8, will feature eight para sports such as para athletics, para lawn bowls and wheelchair basketball 3×3.

Peacock, who won gold medals in the 100m T44 at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games, said he was a “huge fan” of the Commonwealth Games because of their inclusiveness.

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Worried about the train strike

There are concerns that travel to the games could be disrupted by train strikes at eight railway companies.

Aslef announced that the strike action will take place on Saturday 30th July, just days after the start of the competition, with events set to begin on Thursday 28th July.

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Britain’s next generation tipped to use the Commonwealth Games as a stepping stone

Ed Clancy believes this summer’s Commonwealth Games will offer the next generation of British cyclists a chance to catapult themselves into the national spotlight.

The three-time Olympic champion, 37, played a pivotal role in a golden era of British cycling alongside Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny, who have all joined Team GB’s pantheon of Olympic greats with performances in Beijing, London and Rio.

Clancy decided to hang up his saddle during last year’s Tokyo Games and says the time is now for new names to emerge as the faces of the sport.

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Hopes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also want to build on their success on the Gold Coast in Birmingham.

Wales had their most successful games in 2018, finishing seventh with 10 gold medals, and Scotland was a place behind with nine gold medals but 44 medals overall, compared to 36 medals for Wales.

Bowls competitor Anwen Butten leads the Wales team in their sixth Commonwealth game, while runner Laura Muir and swimmer Duncan Scott lead Scottish hopes.

Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan will attempt to defend his pommel horse title, Northern Ireland’s only gold in 2018, after being approved for the team.

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England hail heightened expectations ahead of Commonwealth Games title defense

England netball veteran Eboni Usoro-Brown has gold medals and more yogurt on his mind as the host nation prepares to begin their Commonwealth Games title defense against Trinidad and Tobago in Birmingham on Friday.

Usoro-Brown, who was instrumental in her team’s dramatic final triumph over Australia on the Gold Coast in 2018, is cheered on from the stands at the NEC by her daughter Savannah, who will celebrate her second birthday in August.

The Solihull-born 34-year-old took a forced but much-needed break from sport in 2020 but said starting a family amid the coronavirus pandemic has given a welcome sense of perspective.

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How will England fare?

England are targeting the top spot in Birmingham after finishing second on the Gold Coast with 45 gold medals and 136 medals overall.

This is the first time England have hosted a game since Manchester in 2002 and the home side have plenty of talent in the line-up including the likes of Adam Peaty and Matty Lee, all ready to step up.

England’s netball team will also be looking to defend their title after winning gold in dramatic circumstances in 2018 and beating Australia by one goal with Helen Housby scoring in the dying seconds – who can forget that?

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