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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 24, 2014
Olympic gold medallist Keshorn Walcott
led the T&T contingent onto the floor at
Celtic Park as they joined with athletes
from the other countries, yesterday, to
open the 20th Commonwealth Games in
The javelin thrower proudly carried the
T&T flag as he and his fellow Trinbagonians
splendidly dressed in their red, black and
white celebrated the beginning of what is
to be a very intense competition over the
next 10 days.
The smiles on their faces told it all. They
have worked had to get here and that they
were going to enjoy every moment that
Glasgow has to offer.
The elite athletes were treated to a per-
formance of singer Rod Stewart and actor
James Avery, who is Scottish, also brought
Billy Connolly went on to give a heartfelt
message to all gathered referring to words
once said by the late, great Nelson Mandela.
Using an artistic image of Mandela and his
voice it said: "A city 6,000 miles away and
as renowned as Glasgow refused to accept
the legitimacy of the Apartheid system and
declared us to be free."
Connolly said his statement made him
feel proud. He said, "Now imagine what
Nelson Mandela would think of all of us
here tonight---all colours side by side---every-
one saying the same thing but in so many
different languages...Equality is for all of
us. Freedom is for all of us."
The theme of yesterday's opening though
was the need to protect and care for the
children of the Commonwealth nations.
Queen Elizabeth was also present at the
opening function as the crowd buoyantly
sang the Scottish national anthem.
Later on as the temperature began to drop
after a hot day, Queen Elizabeth declared
the Games open after Scotland's cycling
star Sir Chris Hoy carried the torch to the
Queen. In her speech, she thanked the
organisations and the volunteers for their
efforts and on "working diligently to bring
the games to fruition."
A colourful display of fireworks soon fol-
lowed signalling the start of the Games But
as exciting as the opening festivities were
yesterday, T&T athletes were focused on
their respective events carded for today, the
first day of competition.
Early this morning, both Olympic bronze
medallist George Bovell III and Dylan Carter
will be making their debut at the event
when they splash into action at the Tollcross
Swimming Centre. Carter will open T&T's
participation at the Games in heat three of
the men's 400 metres freestyle in lane one
at 5.47 am (T&T time).
Bovell will next line up in the men's 50m
butterfly heats at 6.48 am before Carter
gets back in the water to contest the 100m
backstroke. Both are hoping to advance to
the semifinal rounds in their respective races
in the evening session.
Over at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, it
will be local cycling duo Njisane Phillip and
Quincy Alexander taking to the track at 6
am in men's sprint qualifying events.
T&T's lone participant in the triathlon,
David Cottle gets going at 10 am. Ranked
the lowest of the five teams in group B,
T&T netballers will look to get past
Caribbean rival Barbados in their opening
match at noon (T&T time).
Scotstoun Sports Campus will host both
T&T's table tennis and squash teams. The
women's team led by Rheann Chung that
also include Aleena Edwards, Ashley Quashie
and Catherine Spicer will open their cam-
paign against UR Tanzania while the men's
team guided by Dexter St Louis plays Bar-
The other members are Yuvraaj Dookram,
Curtis Humphreys and Aaron Wilson. Later
both men and women units play England
At the other end of the venue, squash players
Colin Ramasra, Kale Wilson, Charlotte
Knaggs and Kerrie Sample will compete in
their respective singles matches.
Knaggs takes the court first and will play
Sri Lankan Naduni Gunawardane. Ramasra
meets Ravindu Laksiri of Sri Lanka while
Wilson faces Australia's Cameron Pilley and
Sample challenges Tesni Evans of Wales.
Both national hockey teams will take to
the field at Glasgow National Hockey Centre
with the women's team facing South Africa
in its opener and the men's squad taking
GLASGOW---Olympic sprint champion Usain
Bolt is unquestionably the biggest name at the
Commonwealth Games, although he won't com-
pete until the final weekend for Jamaica in the
Bolt, who won the 100- and 200-metre races
at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games, is
recovering from a foot ailment and says he doesn't
want to risk further injury by competing in his
individual events. Athletics in Glasgow does not
begin until Sunday, and ends on August 2.
Other standouts include Olympic cycling cham-
pions Bradley Wiggins of England and Anna Meares
of Australia, and English triathlete Alistair Brownlee,
who will attempt to add a Commonwealth gold
medal to the Olympic one he won at London in
Triathlon is one of 12 sports which begin com-
petition today, when 20 gold medals will be pre-
Here are some sports and athletes to watch
through the first few days in Glasgow:
TRACK CYCLING: Meares, looking to medal at
her fourth Commonwealth Games, is the two-
time defending champ in the 500-metre time
trial, and hopes to make it three in a row on the
250-metre track at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome
today. Wiggins, competing in his first
Commonwealths since Manchester in 2002, will
compete in the team pursuit---one of four gold
medals to be awarded today---in what is likely to
be his only event on the track. Australia and New
Zealand dominated the Delhi Games velodrome
in 2010 with 26 medals.
SWIMMING: Australia, which won 20 gold
medals in the Delhi pool, is expected to again
dominate the programme which begins on today
and ends on Tuesday. London Olympians James
Magnussen and Cameron McEvoy should be on
the podium for Australia in the 100 freestyle.
Scotland is led by Olympic silver medalist
Michael Jamieson and Ross Murdoch in the
breaststroke. South Africa's Chad le Clos won
Olympic gold in the 200 butterfly at London,
beating Michael Phelps, and is the favourite in
Glasgow. Canadian Ryan Cochrane is the
defending champ in the last individual event, the
Alicia Coutts, who won gold with Australia's
freestyle sprint relay team at London and added
three silver medals, won five Commonwealth
golds at Delhi. She is the defending champion in
the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly.
Hannah Miley of Scotland won gold in the 400
IM, one of six events she will contest.
TRIATHLON: After being absent from the
programme at Delhi, triathlon will have individual
events and a mixed team race on Saturday.
Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand and Jodie
Stimpson of England are the women's favourites,
and could receive the first gold medal of the
games as their race begins at 11 am, four hours
before the men. Alistair Brownlee's biggest rival
for men's gold is likely to be his younger brother
Jonathan, who won Olympic bronze at London.
Walcott leads T&T
contingent at opening
Performers dance with an effigy of the Loch Ness Monster during the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow,
Scotland, yesterday . AP PHOTO
...at a Glance
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