The Google Doodle commemorating the start of the Commonwealth Games 2014 / Google

The games launch today

Google has celebrated the opening of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, with a Doodle on its homepage.

By spelling out Google using athletes mid-game, the vibrant image represents the competitive aspect of the event dubbed the ‘friendly games’.

Men wrestling, two cyclists, a hammer thrower, a badminton player and a bowler appear on the search engine’s homepage – depicting five of the 17 sports featured in the games.

On Tuesday, former athlete Allison Curbishley became the last person to bear the Queen's Baton, as it ended its 10-month journey across the Commonwealth journey at Queen's Park, Glasgow.

Wednesday’s opening ceremony at the Celtic Park in the city will feature 3,000 cast members including Scottish musicians Rod Stewart, Lulu and James Grant, and 4,500 athletes from the 71 participating nations and territories.

The Queen, the official Head of the Commonwealth, will open the Games by reading a message contained in the baton.

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One of the first games to launch the tournament will be men’s swimming, where Scotland’s Michael Jamieson is expected to claim the gold medal.