By Peter Mwaura
The 21st edition of the Commonwealth Games is set to Kick off today in Gold Coast, Queensland Australia at 1pm East African Time Wednesday 4th April 2018. Prince Charles is expected to represent his mother Queen Elizabeth at the opening ceremony at the Carrara Stadium.
Kenya will be part of the 71 Nations competing at the quadrennial events that bring together athletes from Britain and its colonies. Kenya will be represented by 132 athletes and 57 officials.
After the opening ceremony, Kenyans are expected to be in action on Thursday in the preliminaries of badminton, boxing, lawn bowls, squash, table tennis, triathlon and weightlifting.
This will be the 15th edition for Kenya to attend and the home team will be keen to pick up from where they left off in 2014 in Glasgow, Scotland where Kenya won 25 medals; 10 gold medals, 10 silvers and 5 bronze medals to top the medals standings.
Chef de Mission, Barnabas Korir, is confident that Kenya will surpass its medal haul from the last games in Glasgow.
Gold Coast is seven hours ahead of East African time meaning Kenyan fans will have to stay up late or wake up early to catch all the action.