The Indian contingent at the ceremony, consisting of over 200 athletes, was led by flag-bearer PV Sindhu, the Rio Olympic silver medallist. A blast from a didgeridoo, an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument in the form of a long wooden tube, a sprinkling of royal stardust and a strong message of unity lit up the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games at Australia’s Gold Coast. The opening ceremony started with a heavy downpour that lashed the 35,000 crowd at Carrara Stadium. Britain’s Prince Charles and wife Camilla were among the guests.

A scene from a group of friends surfing off the beach gave way to a virtual journey through space and time as the stadium was engulfed in a galaxy of stars and blue light. In contrast, just outside the stadium, about 100 Aboriginal activists protested against what they have labeled the “Stolenwealth Games”. The sporting action in the Games, which feature 71 nations and territories.