Gold Coast 2018 had promised an Opening Ceremony which honoured the traditions and indigenous peoples of this land and they certainly made good on their pledge.
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Social media is continuing to have a profound impact on sport and how we view the leading stories of the day.
An Australian cricket scandal and discussions about future editions of the Commonwealth Games may have dominated the past week but it is just a few days before sporting action gets underway on the Gold Coast.
Liam Morgan: Commonwealth Games Federation must avoid mistakes made by IOC as they head down double award path
Even the more cynical among us will reluctantly admit the International Olympic Committee (IOC) probably did the right thing when they awarded two editions of the Games at the same time.
When Prince Charles opens the 2018 Commonwealth Games here on the Gold Coast, he will complete a personal journey which began 60 years ago.
Ball-tampering in cricket? With a bit of sandpaper? Have you ever heard of such a thing? Well yes, of course you have…
You might easily have missed it, but a bidding race for one of the transcendent sporting mega-events is entering its final stages.
If The Nevada State Athletic Commission allow Canelo Alvarez to go ahead with his mega-bucks match-up with Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas on May 5, despite the Mexican's positive dope test, it will not be the first time that a boxing superstar has got away with it in Sin City.
"Can't we just stop cheating at sport," wrote International Olympic Committee (IOC) member James Tomkins in a despairing Twitter post yesterday.
The sporting world has long been overshadowed by cheating as players try their hardest to gain an unfair advantage over their opponents, so what are sport's most inventive incidents of cheating?
Liam Morgan: Gold Coast 2018 defying usual concerns in build-up to multi-sport event as city prepares to stage Commonwealth Games
At this stage of the build-up to any major sporting event, there are often plenty of issues and concerns for the Organising Committee to deal with.
The traditional Korean folk song Arirang was on everyone's lips during the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang last month and music will also have a big role at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April.
Mike Rowbottom: Valencia, fastest course ever, awaits elite and recreational runners alike for IAAF World Half Marathon Championships
Down the years, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Half Marathon Championships - the latest edition of which is due to take place in Valencia on Saturday (March 24) - has proved a highly significant testing ground for a series of highly significant runners.
Short of cancellation of the World Cup, it is hard to imagine a more damaging quadrennium for FIFA.