Bright Opening Ceremony Preludes Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022
Thursday, July 28, 2022, will forever be remembered as a special day for sports in the Commonwealth as the opening ceremony of the Birmingham Games was just amazing and magnificent.
At the Alexander Stadium, more than 5,000 athletes from 72 different countries—including coaches and technical officers—put on a display.
The estimated 30,000 fans at the stadium were overexcited because the opening ceremony was so well organised and planned.
The 22nd Games, which England is hosting for the third time after Manchester in 2002 and London in 1934, featured outstanding and truly memorable performances.
Australia, England, Canada, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Scotland, Kenya, Wales, and Jamaica were among the top countries represented.
Ghana presented on of the largest contingents of 101 athletes, at the event which has the
Motto: Games for everyone. Team Ghana’s outfit was the usual Kente, and it added more colour to the colourful ceremony.
The ceremony began with drummer-percussionist Abraham Paddy Tetteh, before Indian classical vocalist and composer Ranjana Ghatak took the lead of the section intended to showcase the diversity of the city.
The Birmingham Royal Ballet and Brummie dance group Critical Mass brought to life a dance that signifies the restoration of the city’s iconic library and its famous canals.
On display during the magnificent ceremony were the 72 cars from across five decades to form a tribute to Birmingham’s incredible motor industry history.
Queen Elizabeth could not attend the opening ceremony, but Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were at the official start of the Games in place of Her Majesty, who is patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation and Head of the Commonwealth.
The Games which ends on August 8 will be staged in 15 venues across the West Midlands at different sporting events, including the famous NEC Arena in Birmingham City Centre and the Coventry Stadium.
Boxer Jessie Lartey was selected at the opening ceremony for an interview and he said he wants to change the color of his bronze won in Australia in 2018 to gold in Birmingham 2022.
Ornella Sathoud, a female boxer from the USA whose selection was contentious among boxing fans, was the first casualty. She was defeated in her fight by an English boxer.
The Ghanaian women’s hockey team also suffered a 5-0 defeat to India, but Team Ghana is unconcerned since they still expect to succeed in the sports in which they also own a comparative edge.
At the Commonwealth Games, women will take home more medals than men for the first time in sports history.
Ghana is represented by 13 disciplines at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. The disciplines are Athletics, Boxing, Badminton, Cycling, Table Tennis, Beach Volleyball, Hockey, Judo, Swimming, Weightlifting, Squash, Triathlon and Para Sports.
By Sammy Heywood Okine