Commonwealth Games: Birmingham welcomes athletes to its grand opening ceremony

Birmingham, July 29 – It’s finally game time! The 2022 Commonwealth Games Birmingham kicked off with a dazzling opening ceremony at the newly renovated Alexander Stadium in Berry Bar in front of 30,000 spectators here.

The opening ceremony, which explored the “DNA” of Birmingham and the West Midlands, was given a golden touch for Martin Green, who gained international fame as the head of ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic Games; and Stephen Knight, author and writer of one of the most popular television series, meager masks.

Showcasing the city’s rich and varied history, the festive parade is divided into several shows, “Call to Rally”, “Everything to Everyone”, “Hear My Voice” and “Raging Bull” with an impressive light show and spectacular fireworks – all crammed into an afternoon Witch for two and a half hours.

The show revolves around the story of Stella, played by Laurel Boyce, and the “Dreamers,” a group of young athletes from across the Commonwealth who traverse Birmingham’s past and present.

Immediately afterwards, the organizers paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, who is celebrating her platinum jubilee on the 70th anniversary of her reign, by sharing the story of the Queen’s passion and commitment to the Commonwealth, beginning with her first Commonwealth Address. as a young princess.

This was followed by the emergence of giant puppets representing famous literary figures, musicians and scholars of history, including a special appearance by worldwide “silent” movie icon Charlie Chaplin.

Before the start of the ‘Hear My Voice’ spectacle, honoring newcomers to Birmingham and the unsung heroes of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pakistani education activist and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai made a splash when she delivered a powerful speech sharing his hope for women’s participation in every community.

Then the athletes and officials marched to the stadium to loud applause and cheers, Australia was the first to enter the stadium while Malaysia was the 42nd team to enter the stadium.

The Malaysian squad, with women’s squash player Eifa Azman and weightlifter Bonnie Bunyao Justin, led the way as 38 other athletes and officials followed, including Chief of Mission (CDM) Datuk Shahrul Zaman Yahya and his deputy, Gerard Monteiro.

Malaysian men and women looked more elegant in the white five-button baju melayu and modern short kebabs featuring the national flower – the bunga raya – given new life by an abstract interpretation of batik-like handcrafted by local designers.

England’s top jumper Tom Daley was among the athletes honored with carrying the Queen Button before it was eventually passed on to former local heptathlon athlete Dennis Lewis.

Louis then handed the wand containing a letter from the Queen to the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, who read the letter before declaring the opening of the 22nd Games.

British music icons Duran Duran delighted their hometown fans when they crowned a glorious party by taking center stage with a performance of ‘Tonight United’ and ‘Ordinary World’ as brilliant fireworks lit up the skies of ‘Brum’.

About 6,500 athletes from 72 countries and territories will participate in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, which will run until August 8. – BK

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