The ceremony drew strongly on Aboriginal, Indigenous and First Nations cultures-symbolic of the Games' overarching commitment to reconciliation and inclusivity through sport.
The Indian contingent, this time, will have 220 athletes participating in the multi-nation event, that will end on April 15. The Rio Olympics silver medallist carried the tri-colour at the head of the Indian contingent, which also included fellow badminton stars H.S. Pranoy and Kidambi Srikanth. The Badminton team is slated to open its campaign against the Sri Lankan team on Thursday.
Over 6,500 athletes from 71 Commonwealth countries and territories will compete for 275 gold medals at 2018 Gold Coast Games.