TV Preview- The Commonwealth Games get underway tonight!

The Commonwealth Games starts this week
The Commonwealth Games starts this week

The Commonwealth Games have finally arrived and until they conclude on the third of August, BBC1, BBC2 and BBC3 will all be covering the Games as fully as possible.

This is the third time that Scotland has hosted the Games, having done so previously in 1970 and 1986. Today sees the spectacular Opening Ceremony from Celtic Park.

The Ceremony will have a cast of three thousand alongside the four thousand five hundred participating athletes. They will come from the seventy one nations who are taking part in 2014’s Games. The Queen will open the Games and will read the message that is in the baton which travelled around Scotland for forty days.

Scotland has 310 athletes entering this year, with the largest numbers taking part in the Aquatics, Athletics and Cycling events - although there are participants in each event. Over the course of the Games the following sports will be featured: Athletics; Badminton; Boxing; Cycling (Road/Track/Mountain Bike); Diving; Gymnastics (Artistic/Rhythmic); Hockey; Judo; Lawn Bowls; Netball; Rugby Sevens; Shooting; Squash; Swimming; Table Tennis; Triathlon; Weightlifting/Powerlifting and Wrestling.

The BBC presenters during the course of the Games will be Gary Lineker, Clare Balding, Gaby Logan and Hazel Irvine.

In addition there will be contributions from experts such as Rebecca Adlington, Michael Johnson and Sir. Chris Hoy. While it will be rather difficult to keep up with all the events which are being televised – after all BBC3’s coverage starts at nine in the morning and continues on uninterrupted until ten o’clock at night.

I also wonder just how many will take up a new sport as a result of watching the Games.