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CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Highlights: PV Sindhu, Manpreet Singh Lead India at Commonwealth Games Athletes' Parade

Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony Highlights: Badminton star PV Sindhu and Indian men’s hockey team captain Manpreet Singh led India as flagbearers for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games

By: Sports Desk

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Last Updated: July 28, 2022, 21:00 IST

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India at the Commonwealth Games athletes parade

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Highlights from Birmingham: Badminton star PV Sindhu and Manpreet Singh, the captain of the men’s hockey team, walk at the athlete’s parade as co-flagbearer of Team India for the opening ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Read More

Jul 29, 2022 02:47 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Let the Games Begin!

Prince Charles, representing Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, declares the 2022 Commonwealth Games Open!

Moments before the Queen’s Baton was passed on Tom Daley to hockey player Alex Danson, table tennis player Kim Daybell, boxer Galal Yafai, gymnast Max Whitlock to former hepthathlete Denise Lewis.

Jul 29, 2022 02:42 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Commonwealth Flag Carried by Sportspersons

The Commonwealth Flag is carried by six former athletes – Brendan Williams (Dominica, Athletics, 2010 and 2014 Commonwealth Games), Lechezdani Luza, (Botswana, Boxing, 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games), Matt Levy (Australia, Para-Swimming, 2018 Commonwealth Games), Nicole Forrester (Canada, Athletics, 2002 and 2010 Commonwealth Games) and Alison Shanks (New Zealand, Track Cycling, 2006 and 2010 Commonwealth Games).

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Commonwealth Flag Carried by Sportspersons
The Commonwealth Games flag is carried past the athletes to be hoisted during the games opening ceremony at the Alexander stadium in Birmingham (AP)
Jul 29, 2022 02:22 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Hosts England are Last

Last but not least it is the European nations, which include countries of the British island – Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England!

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Hosts England are Last
Athletes of England (AP)
Jul 29, 2022 02:07 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Indians in the Stands

India along with Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka showcase Asia’s might at the CWG stage! South Asian nations are expected to have strong support at Birmingham given the sheer number of desi diaspora living in the city.

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Indians in the Stands
Indian team’s supporters at the Alexander stadium in Birmingham (AP)
Jul 29, 2022 01:58 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: India at Athletes Parade

Caribbean nations as well as Guyana, South America’s only representation at these games, is followed by Asia… and then walk in PV Sindhu and Manpreet Singh holding aloft the Indian flag!

Jul 29, 2022 01:51 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Nations from the Americas Next at Athletes' Parade

With South Africa, Kenya and Tanzania, among others, done… up next we have nations from the Americas!

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Nations from the Americas Next at Athletes' Parade
The athletes of South Africa (AP)
Jul 29, 2022 01:39 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: African Nations Next at Athletes' Parade

After the counties from Oceania, including Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji… it is time now for Africa!

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: African Nations Next at Athletes' Parade
Tonga’s flagbearer (AP)
Jul 29, 2022 01:26 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Athletes' Parade Next

The athletes’ parade at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony is about to begin… starting with Australia

Jul 29, 2022 01:17 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Unity in Diversity on Show

A dance off of the different ethnicities and cultures in Britain’s most diverse city. They colide only to co-exist in harmony!

Jul 29, 2022 01:13 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: History as is

The CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony is not shying away from Birmingham’s horrific history of abuse as well, showing the world a side that most would likely avoid.

Jul 29, 2022 00:54 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Malala Yousafzai Shares Her Story

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai shares her story and her journey to Birmingham, where she now lives… she speaks on the importance of education!

“Tonight teams from 72 countries and territories join the people of Birmingham to celebrate friendship across borders. The young athletes who will compete over the next two weeks represent millions of girls and boys across the commonwealth. Our shared hope for the future, a future where every child can go to school, where women can fully participate in society, where families can live in peace and in dignity. Over the next few weeks as we watch incredible athletes of the Commonwealth Games remember every child deserves the chance to reach her full potential and pursue her wildest dreams. It is now my honour to say, welcome to Birmingham!”

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Malala Yousafzai Shares Her Story

Jul 29, 2022 00:51 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Prince Charles Represents The Crown

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Prince Charles Represents The Crown
Britain’s Prince Charles, 2nd right, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, 2nd left, arrive for the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at the Alexander stadium in Birmingham (AP)

Jul 29, 2022 00:40 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Celebrating Queen's Platinum Jubilee

A video montage is played of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, celebrating her Platinum Jubilee as head of the Commonwealth.

The sight from above…

Jul 29, 2022 00:35 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Swagat Hain!

Drums and an alaap to start the opening ceremony after a video package introduced the spectators to the Games.

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Swagat Hain!
Dancers perform during the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at the Alexander stadium in Birmingham (AP)

Jul 29, 2022 00:30 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: PM Modi Says 'Confident Our athletes Will Give Their Best'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s message:

Jul 29, 2022 00:23 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Indians Athletes On Their Way

Indian athletes are on their way…

Jul 29, 2022 00:12 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Perry the Bull Hyping Up the Crowd

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Perry the Bull Hyping Up the Crowd
The Commonwealth Games mascot Perry the Bull entertains the crowd during the pre show before the games opening ceremony at the Alexander stadium in Birmingham (AP)

Jul 29, 2022 00:04 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Kohli Wishes Indian Cricketers

Virat Kohli wishes Indian women’s cricket team!

Jul 29, 2022 00:00 IST

CWG 2022: Medals Worth Fighting For

Asymbolic representation of an aerial map of the West Midlands region’s road and canal network embossed on them will be a key feature of the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be awarded to the 1,875 medal winners of the 22nd Commonwealth Games.

The gold, silver, and bronze medals are being made in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter and have been designed by three students from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham.

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Jul 28, 2022 23:46 IST

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Prince Charles Receives a Painting

CWG 2022 Opening Ceremony Live: Prince Charles Receives a Painting
Britain’s Prince Charles receives a painting from David Hurley, Governor-General of Australia, and his wife Linda as they attend the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Opening Reception in Birmingham (AP)

Commonwealth Games. The decision to name Singh, who led the Indian men’s hockey team to a bronze medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021, as the second flagbearer for the said occasion was arrived at after the IOA was intimated by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee that two flagbearers — one male and one female — must be named by each country for the opening ceremony.

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The four-member committee, comprising IOA Acting President Anil Khanna, IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta, IOA Treasurer Anandeshwar Panday, and Team India Chef de Mission Rajesh Bhandari, that named Sindhu as the first flagbearer earlier on Wednesday was also in charge of selecting Manpreet Singh as a flag-bearer, the IOA said in a release. Usually, each national contingent is asked to name a flagbearer for the ceremonies.

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The selection process followed for zeroing in on the male flagbearer was the same as naming the female flagbearer. The four-member committee had initially shortlisted Singh alongside boxer Amit Panghal and paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal before Khanna and Mehta chose Manpreet for the honour.

IOA Acting President Anil Khanna said, “Manpreet Singh ended Indian hockey’s 41-year Olympic medal drought with a bronze at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. He is one of the finest athletes to have ever represented India on the international stage. We are delighted to name him and Sindhu as the two flagbearers who will lead the Indian contingent out at the Parade of Nations on Thursday during the opening ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta said, “As with the three female shortlisted athletes, their three male counterparts were all deserving candidates, but we decided that Singh be named a flagbearer with Sindhu because of the leadership he showed at Tokyo 2020, which played a part in our men’s hockey team clinching a sensational bronze medal.”

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A total of 215 athletes are representing India at the CWG 2022. India had managed to secure 66 medals at the CWG 2018 held in Gold Coast. India’s best performance at CWG took place back in 2010 when the multi-sport event was held in Delhi. India had clinched 101 medals including 38 gold medals at the 2010 CWG with the Indian contingent had finished the event in the second spot.

More than 5000 athletes are set to take part in the upcoming Birmingham CWG. There will be 136 women’s medal events and 134 men’s medal events at the CWG 2022. Notably, women’s cricket is set to make its debut at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Ahead of today’s Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony; here is all you need to know:

When will the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony be held?

The Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony will take place on July 28, Thursday.

Where will the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony be held?

The Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony will be played at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham.

What time will Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony begin?

The Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony will begin at 11:30 pm IST.

Which TV channels will broadcast Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony?

Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony will be televised on Sony Sports Network in India.

How do I watch the live streaming of the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony?

Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony is available to stream live on the SonyLIV app and website.

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