The World Cup is over and Wimbledon is done for another year, but for the sporting fans out there, all is not over yet.
Last week saw the start of The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. A time for sporting heroes from across the Commonwealth of Nations to come together and compete, all vying for the top spot in their chosen disciplines. The Commonwealth Games takes place every four years, just like the Olympic Games. It offers athletes both established and new to the competition world the opportunity to show off their skills and potentially be crowned the best in The Commonwealth of Nations.
71 nations are competing in this years games, in 17 different sports ranging from netball, to swimming and lawn bowls. Each of the countries taking part in the games has chosen their best athletes to represent them in each of the sports. Some familiar faces will be among those taking part, including Jamaica’s Usain Bolt competing in the sprint relay and England’s Nicola Adams taking part in the women’s boxing.
Sadly, the first day of the games brought the news that England’s own Mo Farah has withdrawn from the competition due to illness and will no longer be representing the country in the 5,000m and 10,000m races. Instead he has chosen to focus on his recovery and training for the European Championships in Zurich.
With much sought after medals up for grabs, the games is taken no less seriously than any other sporting event. Athletes have been training relentlessly since they were chosen by their country to take part and represent them.
Wednesday night’s opening ceremony marked the start of the games. With dance, music, fireworks and that all important Scottish charm, the beginning of 2014 The Commonwealth Games will go down in history.
The ceremony included the introduction of all the Commonwealth teams and even a giant model of the country’s famous Fourth Rail Bridge and dancers dressed as the famous Scottish treat, Tunnock’s Tea Cakes. Team Scotland entered the stadium to a roaring crowd, showing off their Scottish roots by wearing kilts and shawls. The ceremony ended with the Queen declaring the 20th Games officially open after the colourful and creative ceremony. Over 40,000 people were inside the stadium to witness the glory of the opening ceremony. Another 1 billion television viewers also tuned in from across the 71 nations taking part in the games.
Over the next 11 days, the Games will be broadcast across television networks, not just here in the UK but across the world. Those lucky enough to get their hands on tickets will be able to watch the sports up close at venues across the city of Glasgow. Scotland is relishing the chance to be able to show off their country, showing the world that it is about more than just haggis and the Loch Ness Monster. Over the course of the games Glasgow will be showing off it’s highlights to the world.
Article Written by Millie Hamnett