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Commonwealth Games: Opening ceremony tribute to MH17 victims
Publish Date: Jul 23, 2014
Commonwealth Games: Opening ceremony tribute to MH17 victims
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GLASGOW- The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in Glasgow today will include a tribute to victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 flight disaster, organisers said.

Prince Imran from Malaysia, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, said all the victims, many of whom were from Malaysia and other Commonwealth countries, would be recognised.

The flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, with 298 people on board , mostly Dutch nationals came down in rebel-held eastern Ukraine on Thursday.

Ukrainian soldiers carry a coffin with the remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash to a military plane during a ceremony at the airport of Kharkiv, Ukraine, on July 23, 2014. PHOTO/AFP

Western governments say the evidence points to it having been shot down with a missile by pro-Russian separatists.
It comes after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared in March, with 239 people on board.

"I am from Malaysia and it's another sad occasion for our country, and for the airline," Imran told a news briefing in Glasgow.

"It's a terrible thing to have two tragedies within months. As I understand it, there will be some recognition."
David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, added: "We will be paying tribute."

Details, in keeping with the rest of the ceremony, are being kept under wraps.

The Games will officially be opened by Queen Elizabeth II during the ceremony at the Celtic Park stadium, which will be watched by an estimated television audience of one billion viewers.

Most of the non-Dutch victims were from Commonwealth countries.

Of the 298 people on board, 43 were travelling on Malaysian passports, 27 on Australian, 10 British and one each from Canada and New Zealand.

There was also a South African dual national on the flight.

Kuala Lumpur hosted the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

AFP

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