Commonwealth Games 2014: Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony TV Schedule, Live Stream Info

The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow kick off on Wednesday, July 23.

The opening ceremony is set to start at 8 p.m. BST.

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC.

Live streaming will also be available through BBC.

The closing ceremony is set to take place on Sunday, August 3.

A number of sports are included in the games, including badminton, boxing, diving, judo, rugby sevens, table tennis, and wrestling.

71 nations from across the world, and approximately 4,500 athletes, will be participating–making it one of the largest commonwealth games staged to date.

Countries include Australia, Canada, England, India, Maldives, Nigeria, Saint Lucia, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Check out an Associated Press story below.

Malaysian athletes to wear black armbands

GLASGOW, Scotland–Malaysian athletes and officials at the Commonwealth Games held a minute’s silence at their flag-raising Tuesday and plan to wear black armbands at the opening ceremony in memory of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash.

The crash over Ukraine killed 298 people, including 44 Malaysians. None of the 180 athletes and 72 officials in Glasgow was directly tied to the victims, team spokesman Mohd Fahmi Omar said.

The Malaysian flag at the athletes’ village was raised only to half-staff. Commonwealth Games Federation President Prince Imran, who is Malaysian, called the ceremony “very moving.”

Imran said he anticipates that his group will approve the armbands for Wednesday’s opening. The Olympics does not allow political statements or messages on team uniforms.

At the Winter Olympics in February, Ukraine’s athletes were prohibited from wearing black armbands honoring those who died in violent protests in Kiev. Earlier at the Sochi Games, the IOC reprimanded Norwegian cross-country skiers for wearing black armbands in tribute to an athlete’s brother, saying it would violate the Olympic charter.

“The Malaysian delegation has asked for formal approval from the organizing committee,” Imran said after a two-day federation congress. “And we expect there will be no issue, particularly for a situation such as this.”

 

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