Commonwealth Games declared open after colourful but touching ceremony

Mandira launches lighting toys with son VeerGlasgow:  The 2014 Commonwealth Games got off to a colourful start with some enthralling performances by singers Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Celtic Park and a minute’s silence for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines crash here Wednesday.

The British Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games open after more than two hours of colourful ceremony that was participated by some 2,000 cast members and 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories.

“The baton relay represents a calling together of people from every part of the Commonwealth and serves as a reminder of our shared ideals and ambitions as a diverse, resourceful and cohesive family.

The parade ended with the current host, Team Scotland. At the end of the parade, athletes and team officials were seated on the field of play, in the centre of the live show that followed.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar from India, and a UNICEF goodwill star, in a pre-recorded message urged people to donate generously for the development of the children of the world.

More than 4,500 sports persons from 71 Commonwealth nations will participated in the parade for the Games that will showcase 17 disciplines over 11 days of competition. The closing ceremony will take place at Hampden Stadium Aug 3.

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