Tributes for Madikizela-Mandela at Commonwealth Games

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Tributes for Madikizela-Mandela at Commonwealth Games

Gold Coast: Spooked by a needle controversy but in high spirits nonetheless, the jumbo Indian contingent would be aiming to make it all good with strong medal-winning performances when the acutely-low-on-buzz Commonwealth Games start tomorrow with an opening ceremony here. The winning bid was announced in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, on 11 November 2011.

Commonwealth Games organisers are nervous about the weather as 150 of New Zealand's athletes prepare to march in tonight's opening ceremony.

The competition begins on Thursday and the first gold medal will be contested in women's triathlon.

The CGF has also implemented its Women Coaching Internship Programme for Gold Coast 2018.

"I think it is going to look awesome, the time of year is flawless, especially for Australia's performance", Shirvington said of the Gold Coast hosting the games.

In the lead up to the games, Ghana's Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide announced a $15,000 cash prize for any gold medal victor from Ghana.

Carrara Stadium will be the centre-stage for glamour, theatre and entertainment as the venue for the opening ceremony.

The CGF said Gold Coast are the first Games for Dr Patil and India's chief medical officer but the doctor had admitted he was aware of the no-needles policy.

She was 15 when she won three gold medals and a silver at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 and has continued to dominate her events ever since.

The Commonwealth Games is an global multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.

Despite the intense rain, officials have said storm Iris will not affect the Games or the associated royal visit.

"But I guess they're going to be so valuable after the Games because of that mistake".

However, Podium Programme director Tim Newenham does not want the athletes to feel pressured as they have gone through a lot of it during training sessions. The finals will be held on the final weekend - August 13 to 15 - on the Gold Coast.

On Wednesday, the Queen's Baton Relay was temporarily halted by indigenous rights protesters who demanded Prince Charles and Camilla ask them for permission to visit "stolen" land.

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