Despite several shortcomings and the absence of key players, more than 5,000 athletes are motivated to perform in the English city of Birmingham from Friday at the commonwealth Games.
Performers from former British colonies and 72 nations will be competing for medals. Players will participate in 19 sports over a crowded 11 days in the Midlands.
Besides, women’s Twent20 and 3×3 basketball are added for the first time. This year, the Commonwealth is going to feature debut sports.
Duran Duran, a 1980s pop band, highlighted that the game would be commenced in style at Thursday’s opening ceremony. As it was criticized for being too quirky a sporting relic.
Moreover, Except in 2014, when England topped in Glasgow, sporting powerhouse Australia has been crowned the medals table at every game since 1990. The previous year the event was held in Britain.
Additionally, rather than a joint British outfit, England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland vied as separate teams during the Commonwealths.
Furthermore, Emma McKeon, Ariarne Titmus, Kaylee McKeown, and teenage role model Mollie O’Callaghan will take charge of the pool competition for the Australian team.
At last year’s Olympics in Tokyo, Mckeon won four gold medals and seven medals, boosting an incredible Commonwealth Games record. At 28, Mckeon got suitable gold and four bronze medals in two participations.
Titmus, 21, who’s double Olympic Champion, decided to quit the recent World Championships in Budapest. The decision was to maintain herself fresh for Birmingham.
In addition, Olympic heroes Andre De Grasse, Kirani James, and Neeraj Chopra will not participate. They will be missed at Birmingham.
However, the presence of Jamaican star spring trio Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shricka Jackson, and Elaine Thompson-Herah is still uncertain. According to some insiders, they might not participate in the competition at Birmingham.
Women will take part in cricket at Birmingham for the first time. Though cricket last featured at the Commonwealth in 1998.
Post the disappointing tour, Australian cycling spring ace Caleb Ewan will participate. Tour De France winner Geraint Thomas will vie for Australia.