HONG KONG, led by flag-bearer Chan Chi-choi, were without six swimmers and four cyclists - excused from ceremonies because they are in action today - as the Commonwealth Games opened yesterday. They were also missing the men's gymnastics squad, who were tending to their injured teammate Leung Kwok-keung. Chan was chosen as Hong Kong's flag-bearer after his gold medal in badminton mixed doubles four years ago in Auckland, New Zealand. Hong Kong, accompanied by two members of the native Indian tribe in their traditional regalia, followed Guyana into the stadium and preceded India. But the territory were indirectly in Royal company through the Hong Kong Olympic chief A. de O. Sales, the outgoing Commonwealth Games Federation chairman. As head of the Games, Sales, 73, met the Queen as she stepped off the Royal motorcade and stood by her on the dais as she officially opened the Games. The highlights of what was overall an uninspiring opening ceremony was the entrance of the Queen, the fly-past by the Armed Forces' Snowbird squadron, the Sky Hawks paratroopers and the athletes' march-past. After a pop band belted out sixties' music, the crowd amused themselves with several rounds of the ''Mexican wave'', though in this part of the world they insist the wave originated in either Michigan or San Jose. It was then time for a rehearsed countdown for the benefit of the estimated 500 million people around the world tuned in as the action officially got under way. The slow entrance of the native Salish tribe in brilliant costume set the scene for the arrival of the Queen. Miriam Bedard, Canada's double gold winning biathlon at the Lillehammer Winter Olympics, then brought in the Queen's Baton, decked in a skiing outfit and propelled on wheeled skis. The Queen's Baton is the symbol of the Commonwealth Games - equivalent to the flame that burns over the Olympic and Asian Games.