The 21st Commonwealth Games get underway on Australia’s sunny Gold Coast this week with opening ceremonies Wednesday evening (that’s early Wednesday morning to Canadians) and track events starting Sunday with the men’s and women’s 100m preliminaries and semifinals and the men’s 5,000m final.
Unlike in years past when the games took place on Canadian soil, CBC Sports will not be providing full coverage, but will cover the opening and closing ceremonies (coverage of the opening ceremonies starts at 6 am Wednesday EDT) and highlights of the competition. DAZN holds exclusive Canadian rights and the entire games may be streamed live on any device. Subscribers pay $20 per month, billed in arrears with one free month to start, and may cancel at any time. Here’s the link to sign up: www.dazn.com.
Canada’s best hope for track medals are 2014 gold medallist Damian Warner in the decathlon, Mohammed Ahmed in the 5,000m and wheelchair racer Diane Roy (who took silver in the T54 1500-metres in 204). Sprinter Andre de Grasse withdrew from the games last month with a hamstring injury.
Besides Warner and Roy, podium finishers from 2014 competing on the Gold Coast include Edmonton’s Angela Whyte (women’s heptathlon) and Clarenceville, Quebec’s Alexandre Dupont in the men’s 1500m T54 and marathon T54.
This year for the first time, the para games are fully integrated with (rather than following) the able-bodied games.
The Gold Coast lies south of Brisbane on the continent’s east coast and is in the AEST time zone. Viewers in Ontario and Quebec (EDT) should subtract 14 hours from AEST times. Viewers in B.C. (PDT) should subtract 17 hours.
Viewers can find the schedule for track events here.