On 28th July, the 22nd edition of the Commonwealth Games kicked off with a fascinating and colorful opening ceremony at the newly redeveloped Alexander Stadium in front of a live audience of more than 30,000 and a global audience of more than a billion.
The ceremony marked the beginning of 11 days of spectacular sports, with 4,500 of the Commonwealth’s best athletes competing in 19 sports and eight para sports, in the largest event ever held in the West Midlands. At the 22nd Games, women’s Twenty20 cricket and 3×3 basketball will be featured for the first time. these events will take place along with athletics and swimming competitions.
Prince Charles inaugurated the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games by reading a message from Queen Elizabeth II, in which she praised Birmingham as “symbolic of the rich diversity and unity of the Commonwealth.”
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani advocate for female education who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014, made a special appearance and delivered an eloquent speech.
Then comes the “raging bull”, 10-meter-tall iron bull pulled into the stage by women chain makers as a tribute to white slaves or female laborers that were underpaid and overworked in 19th century.
The athlete parade began with 6500 athletes from ,72 countries having the opportunity to walk out in front of the crowd.
Pakistan also walked out with Mohammad Imam and Bismah Maroof, the talismanic captain of the cricket team as flagbearers.
Then Commonwealth Games Federation, Louise Martin walked out to deliver a speech after the ceremonial Commonwealth Games flag was raised.
The ceremony ended with Fireworks, music, dancers and a chart-topping pop band, Dura Dura. This star-studded ceremony was captivating in all its essence and was the epitome of cultural diversity.