Gold Coast enacts magical opening ceremony

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.


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Fred Edoreh - Publisher

Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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