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Kaysee Teeroovengadum quit on Tuesday, one day before the Games opening ceremony, after accusations of inappropriate "touching" were made against him by a female member of the Mauritian team.

But the real star of the festivities was Migaloo, a giant inflatable white whale that floated above spectators and performers alike as red confetti was showered on the stadium.

The opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games that took place at the Carrara Stadium in Australia drew attention from many parts of the world.

"The ancient stories told by the indigenous people of Australia remind us that even though we may be half a world away, we are all connected", said Charles, reading from a message from Queen Elizabeth.

There were minor scuffles Wednesday as about 100 Aboriginal activists faced off against police outside the stadium hosting the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Reeling from its ball-tampering scandal, hosts Australia will seek to use the Games to restore some much-needed sporting dignity and reclaim top spot in the medals table from England, who topped the list in Glasgow for the first time since 1986.

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For Australia, displacing eternal rivals England - the 2014 table-toppers - at the head of the medals tally would be the flawless tonic after their cricketing calamity. "But I guess in another minor ticketing issue, we say they're going to be so valuable after the Games because of that mistake".

Alongside the Australian flag flew the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags and as the ceremony came to its conclusion Luther Cora, a contemporary Aboriginal artist, and his family conducted a traditional smoking ceremony.

A doctor for India's boxing team was issued a written reprimand by the organisers after breaching the no-needle policy following an investigation when syringes were found in the athletes' village.

"There was an overprint", said Mark Peters, chief executive of the Gold Coast Games.

Cate Campbell looks back in form after her 2016 Olympics flop, and South Africa's Chad le Clos could become the most successful athlete in Games history when he takes on a Michael Phelps-style seven swimming events. The motto of the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games is "Share the dream".

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