By FRED EDOREH
There are no single words to describe the opening ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games. It was a celebration of the beauty of humanity in the diversity of its peoples, colours, cultures, activities and possibilities.
The Carrera Stadium in Gold Coast wore the singularity of creation in the depth of love, friendship and peace even in the midst of man’s struggles with civilization, industry, commerce, science and technology. It wasn’t an excursion in fantasy, it was a narrative of history and an enactment of the future of humanity.
The presentation brought the brotherhood of man and nature in their intricate inseparableness. The beach scenes and creative adoption of enthusiastic lifeguards as volunteers, artificial waves, the Dolphin and Migaloo the whale, the weather, Kombis, indigenous culture, creation stories, plenty rural and urban music from Christine Anu to Delta Goodrem and others, the choreography and dance from a thousand lands and generations, the soothing voices, all reminded the world of how beautiful it can be with the mutual acceptance and inclusion of all of diversity.
And the Games itself lives that theme as it has been designed to make history as providing the largest para-sport program and also with equal events and medals for men and women in Commonwealth Games history.
The appeal was not lost on Prince Charles. The presentation already delivered the message, so he didnt have to speak for long. He added pace to the momentum.
So, we finally found one phrase to describe it all, “a magical party of humanity.”
Now, the games are on…and it will remain a pride for Gold Coast, for Australia, for the athletes and entire Commonwealth family.