India wins its first gold and first silver

Mirabai Chanu gave India their first gold medal in women’s 48 kg weightlifting. This came soon after weightlifter P Gururaja started the day on a great note as he won the men’s 56 kg silver –”‰India’s first medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast.

Also Indian table tennis players opened their Commonwealth Games campaign on a winning note with the men’s team thrashing Trinidad and Tobago 3-0 while the women completed a 3-0 clean sweep of Sri Lanka

Although the Games represent the Commonwealth and a sporting celebration by the member countries and opened by Prince Charles and Princess of Wales, Camilla Parker Bowles, but for Aboriginal activists they symbolise invasion, dispossession and a culture shunted to the sidelines. Hundreds of protesters have already made their presence felt at the Games’ host city, Gold Coast, where three people were arrested in scuffles just before Wednesday’s opening ceremony.

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