Commonwealth Games or Gold Coast 2018 have officially begun and the opening ceremony was no less than a spectacle. For India, the games got off to a nightmarish start as needles and syringes were found outside the hotel rooms of Indian athletes, resulting in a probe. But things got sorted as they were let-off with a mild warning. The Indian contingent comprises of around 200 athletes.
There are a lot of expectations from the Indian contingent who managed to win 64 medals in the last Commonwealth Games held at Glasgow in 2014. This time, with a contingent of over 200 athletes, India aims to cross the 100 mark. India’s biggest medal hopes at the Gold Coast are PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, The Men’s Hockey team, Mary Kom and the wrestlers.
Here is how the world wished Indian contingent the very best ahead of the games:
The Atmosphere surrounding the opening ceremony is one of festivity. Ahead of the battles of competition it gives athletes a chance to enjoy where they are reached thus far. Wishing all the athletescompeting @GC2018 all the best and a great evening ahead !
— Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) April 4, 2018
Former gold medalist at the Olympics—Abhinav Bindra—seemed a bit worried about the SyringeGate controversy surrounding the Indian team. Overlooking the controversy, he still wished them all the best.
All the best to the athletes representing India at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games! Our sportspersons have worked tremendously hard and the Games will be a wonderful opportunity to showcase their talent. Every Indian is cheering for our contingent. #GC2018 @GC2018
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also not far behind when it came to wishing the contingent for the games.
As the #CommonwealthGames2018 open today at Gold Coast, I send my best wishes & India’s blessings to all the participating athletes.
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) April 4, 2018
Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore also wished the contingent the very best and wished the athletes would return with lots of gold.
2__4__ Indian athletes supported by OGQ will be in action at the #CWG2018
Wishing them all the best __
— OGQ (@OGQ_India) April 4, 2018
Best wishes to Team india!! #CWGonSonyTen3
— Gujarat Youth Congress (@IYCGujarat) April 4, 2018
— Khelo India (@kheloindia) April 4, 2018
And here is how the fans reacted:
— Vishakha (@vishakhatalreja) April 4, 2018
— salil sand (@isalilsand) April 4, 2018
— SANJAY BAFNA (@sanjaybafna) April 4, 2018
— Abhishek Mishra (@Abhishek_Mshra) April 4, 2018
— Vishal (@vichupedia) April 4, 2018
This is India’s schedule for Day 1 at the Games.
— Jamie Alter (@jamie_alterTOI) April 4, 2018
There are high expectations from the Indian contingent and many hope for them to deliver. The games will be played between April 4-15, 2018.