The 17th Commonwealth Games begin

The stars
Jamaica’s Asafa Powell headlines the track and field arena of stars at this edition of the Commonwealth Games. He has been here for some time allowing for the fullest possible acclimatisation.
As current holder of the world 100m record Powell has been the main attraction of the local media and has been promoted by the media as part of their overall promotion of the Games.
Of course all of the participants from the Caribbean are hopeful that Powell can establish a new level for the sport at the Games. If he does it will be a Caribbean feat whatever about the differences that the islands may have otherwise.
Generally however the Caribbean has always given good account of itself at these Games.
In 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica the Trinidad and Tobago 4 x 400m Yards Relay team led by Wendell Mottley established a new world record that brought the house down at the national Stadium.
The Kenyans are here and have also been outstanding at the Games in the long distance events.
Of course the English are hopeful that these Games will provide an opportunity for upcoming stars of the future.
St Vincent and the Grenadines is also hopeful that its athletes will be able to hold their own. Much will rest on the shoulders of Kineke Alexander who is coming off a hectic Indoor Season at the NCAA level.
Still everyone is expected to give off his/her best.
Host country, Australia, is expected to give good account of themselves in Aquatics where, despite the absence of the legendary Ian Thorpe due to injury, there are several world leaders involved. Australia should also do well in Cycling, Hockey and Netball.
Having the distinctive home crowd advantage w
ould probably leave us all expecting Australia to spring a few surprises in some other sporting events.

The volunteers
Australia has never been short of volunteers.