Tuesday, 29 September 2009

First batch of volunteers ready

The first group of volunteers who will facilitate the movement of guests in the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly scheduled next month is all set to take position. The volunteers will give visitors an insight into the culture and tradition of India and its capital.

As many as 222 volunteers have been trained for the general assembly scheduled from October 6-13. They will complement the efforts of members of the 17 functional areas in the Organising Committee (OC). The chairman of Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, Suresh Kalmadi, said this occasion will be just a preview of the magic of the Games next year.

Addressing the volunteers, who have been sourced from various institutions, Kalmadi said they will be the real face and in fact, the backbone of the Games.

The volunteers are being trained so that the general assembly guests leave with a lasting impression. Officials feel these volunteers have the potential to help shape the world's opinion of Delhi as a world-class city.

Meanwhile, Victoria PM John Brumby visited the OC headquarters in Delhi on Saturday. Brumby said he had not forgotten the cultural show Delhi had put up at the closing ceremony of the Melbourne Games in 2006. "It was spectacular with more than 1,000 participants representing Delhi,'' he told Kalmadi adding that the friendship between Melbourne and Delhi was very strong and enduring. Kalmadi responded by saying that the Melbourne Games 2006 had raised the bar for Commonwealth Games and the Organising Committee in Delhi was ready to replicate that in 2010.


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