Commonwealth Games 2014 opening ceremony celebrated with a Google doodle

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The Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow today, and Google has dedicated a doodle to the sporting event on its homepage. The doodle is quite a simple one compared to the more elaborate animated doodles we have seen during the Olympics and the recently concluded FIFA World Cup 2014.

The doodle sees athletes practicing their respective sports and in the process forms the word Google. There is a wrestler, two cyclists, a hammer thrower, a badminton player, and a bowler, who represent five of the 17 sporting events at Commonwealth Games.

Queen Elizabeth II, the official Head of the Commonwealth, will officially kick start the Games by reading a message carried in a baton. Former athlete Allison Curbishley became the last athlete on Tuesday to carry the Queen’s Baton in Glasgow, as it ended its 10-month journey across the Commonwealth.

Around 4,500 athletes from 71 nations will take part in the Commonwealth Games and the opening ceremony at Celtic Park will feature Scottish musicians like Rod Stewart, Lulu and James Grant.