Wales' athletes prepare for Commonwealth Games

Wales are taking their biggest ever team to a Commonwealth Games with 231 athletes arriving in Glasgow for the 20th Games.

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Royals meet Commonwealth Games athletes

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, have been meeting and greeting athletes ahead of tonight's Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow, due to start at 8pm.

Prince Charles greets members of the Wales badminton team during the build-up to Glasgow's 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony. Credit: Reuters
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with members of the England badminton team during a visit to the Commonwealth Arena and Velodrome in Glasgow. Credit: Reuters
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, watches members of India's boxing team during a training session. Credit: Reuters

The Queen, as head of the Commonwealth, is to formally open the Games in Glasgow. Organisers have said the spectacle is to be the most prestigious live event in Scotland.

Read: Glasgow promises 'spectacular' Commonwealth Games


Wales top boxer Fred Evans is out of games

Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans has been forced out of the Commonwealth Games after having his accreditation refused.

The Welsh welterweight did not travel with his team-mates to Glasgow on Tuesday after being informed he had been denied the chance to compete based on checks completed by the Home Office and Commonwealth Games officials.

Fred Evans of Cardiff won silver at the London Olympics. Credit: PA

In April Evans admitted his part in a nightclub assault in Birmingham, for which he was ordered to pay a total of £1,085 in fines and costs but it was not immediately clear if this was the reason for the accreditation refusal.

We have engaged in rigorous and thorough communications with all relevant bodies over the last few weeks, including putting forward two mitigation plans, unfortunately all of which have been unsuccessful.

The key Welsh and British sporting agencies have been supportive in our attempts to get Fred to the Games and we are bitterly disappointed at the outcome.

Fred is a world class boxer and has handled this difficult situation in a very disciplined manner, continuing to work hard in the hope of a satisfactory resolution.

We thank him for his professionalism and wish him all the best for his future ambitions.

– Brian Davies, Team Wales Chef de Mission

Wales' athletes share skills ahead of games opening

Wales have taken their biggest ever team to a Commonwealth Games with 231 athletes travelling to Glasgow.

Before they left for Wednesday's opening ceremony some of the teams trained together to swap skills and disciplines.

Dean Thomas was there when the women's netball squad teamed up with the rugby 7s.

Today Frankie Jones was named as the flag bearer for the Welsh team.

The gymnast will carry the Wales flag during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Gymnast Frankie Jones is to carry the Wales flag at the opening ceremony. Credit: PA
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