1990 Commonwealth Games

1990 Commonwealth Games

1990 Commonwealth Games

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The 1990 Commonwealth Games were held in Auckland, New Zealand from 24 January-3 February 1990. It was the 14th Commonwealth Games, and part of New Zealand's 1990 sesquicentennial celebrations. Participants competed in ten sports: athletics, aquatics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, judo, lawn bowls, shooting and weightlifting. The Triathlon was a demonstration event.

The main venue was the Mt Smart Stadium, see New Zealand at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. The Games were awarded to Auckland 27 July 1984 at the Los Angeles Summer Olympics. Perth , Australia had withdrawn from the bid contest leaving New Delhi, India as the sole opponent to Auckland 1990.

Opening ceremony

The Opening Ceremony consisted many events including the arrival of The Queen's Representative Prince Edward, arrival of the Queen's Baton and many Māori ceremonial stories.

The Opening Ceremony started off with the Auckland Commonwealth Games Choir singing the Song of Welcome before the Queen's Representative, Prince Edward arrived to the stadium. When Prince Edward came, the Māori in attendance, gave Prince Edward a Challenge of a welcome. This is conducted by a Māori placing a wooden batton on the ground. To see if the visitor comes in peace or not, the visitor must pick it up.

The New Zealand National Anthem God Defend New Zealand was sung during a ceremonial fourteen gun salute from nearby One Tree Hill. This was followed by the New Zealand Army Guard Commander allowing Prince Edward to inspect...
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