Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham declared open in grand ceremony

Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham declared open in grand ceremony

The CWG 2022 Games have officially opened after a grand opening ceremony.© AFP


Highlights of the CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony: The 2022 Commonwealth Games were officially declared open after a grand opening ceremony was held at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham on Thursday. Olympic medalist PV Sindhu and men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh lead the Indian contingent. Neeraj Chopra was the designated flag bearer for India in the opening ceremony, but he sustained an injury during the World Athletics Championships, where he won the silver medal. He had to withdraw from CWG 2022 due to the injury. Earlier, drummer-percussionist Abraham Paddy Tetteh kicked things off at the Alexander Stadium and then Indian classical vocalist and composer Ranjana Ghatak took the lead, the section intended to showcase the diversity of the city. The Games, which are set to be the biggest and most expensive sporting event in Britain since the 2012 London Olympics, have had to deal with the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. The opening ceremony will be attended by Prince Charles as chief guest. The Queen’s Baton reached the Games village in Birmingham on Wednesday 27 July. The entire opening ceremony, which is expected to last around two and a half hours, has been created by British screenwriter Steven Knight, who had produced the famous crime drama ‘Peaky Blinders’. Speaking of the CWG, athletes from over 72 nations and territories have participated in the multi-discipline event. Meanwhile, India had bagged 66 medals in the previous edition of Commonwealth Games held at Gold Coast in Australia.

Here are the highlights of the Commonwealth Games 2022 opening ceremony from Alexander Stadium, Birmingham







  • 02:56 AM (IST)

    DURAN-DURAN END THE SHOW!

    Duran Duran is performing right now. That’s it from our coverage. See you later today with all the action from day 1.

  • 02:46 (IST)

    CWG 2022 GAME IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!!!!

    The 2022 Commonwealth Games have been declared open in Birmingham after a grand opening ceremony, which lasted almost two hours.

  • 02:44 AM (IST)

    PRINCE CHARLES ON STAGE!

    Prince Charles addresses everyone present inside the Alexander Stadium.

  • 01:58 (IST)

    INDIA!!! THEY ARE HERE!!!

    The wait is finally over! The Indian contingent is here, led by star shooter PV Sindhu and India’s hockey captain Manpreet Singh.

  • 01:37 AM (IST)

    NEW ZEALANDER’S ARE HERE!!

    The Kiwis are here and the women’s cricket team chat has a chat with one of the hosts

  • 01:27 AM (IST)

    AUSTRALIANS ARE HERE!

    Sports contingents have gathered. First up is Australia.

  • 01:16 (IST)

    OX MADE BY FEMALE CHAIN ​​MAKERS!

    Currently, a raging bull is being pulled along by female chain-makers. It took 5 months to build and 10 meter high model

  • 01:10 AM (IST)

    BIRMINGHAM HISTORY!

    History of Birmingham on display: Buttons; car horn; celluloid film; printing press. Never knew these facts

  • 01:00 (IST)

    BLACK SABBATH IN ACTION!

    After Malala’s, Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi fascinates the audience

  • 00:57 (IST)

    TRIBUTE TO MALALA!

    Malala Yousafzai addresses the crowd at Alexander Stadium. Someone tells her as she explains. She now lives in Birmingham, for the record.

  • 00:49 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: POWER IN THE BATON!

    Despite the challenges of COVID-19, the baton did not miss a single day or territory during its journey to Birmingham

  • 00:43 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: CARS EVERYWHERE!

    72 cars from over five decades have been put together, as a tribute to Birmingham’s automotive industry

  • 00:38 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: AMAZING SCENES!

    A host of houses from across the Commonwealth have arrived at Alexander Stadium, through virtual reality! Each house represents one of the 72 countries participating in the CWG.

  • 00:35 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: HERE WE GO!

    It’s underway! We are underway

  • 00:30 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: ON TIME!

    Get the last drinks and snacks, get the last toilet trip and get comfortable. We are less than a minute away

  • 00:25 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: KUDOS!

    Over 14,000 volunteers will be working across the Games over the next 11 days with over 2,000 involved in tonight’s opening ceremony.

    A fantastic effort!

  • 00:20 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: 10 MIN. Remaining!

    Anticipation is building at Alexander Stadium before the opening ceremony. Only 10 minutes to start

  • 00:09 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: VIRAT KOHLI WISHES THE CONTINGENT GOOD LUCK!

  • 23:39 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: ALL SET!

    The Indian badminton contingent and support staff are ready for the opening ceremony. PV Sindhu will be one of the flag bearers for India.

  • 23:19 (IST)

    CWG OPENING CEREMONY LIVE: HELLO!

    Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony from the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

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