Monday, 5 October 2009

Stars galore to promote Commonwealth Games

With the countdown for the Commonwealth Games 2010 having begun, the organisers are roping in celebrities from different walks of life to promote the mega event.

The star cast has been drawn by the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games. Bollywood will be represented by Aamir Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Deepika Padukone and Katrina Kaif.  This provides lot of glamour quotient to the international event to be held in the Capital in October next year.

Others on the list include Oscar winning musician A R Rahman, actors Rahul Bose, Nana Patekar and John Abraham, lyricist Javed Akhtar, classical instrumental musician Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and tabla maestro Zakir Hussain.

Sports personalities - Sania Mirza, Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupathi, Saina Nehwal, Vijender Kumar, Abhinav Bindra, Raghvendra Rathore, Dhanraj Pillai, Jeev Milkha Singh and Baichung Bhutia have also been shortlisted as the likely brand ambassadors for the sporting event.

Sources said that the OC has already sent letters to some of the prominent sportspersons, actors, musicians and media personalities requesting them to promote the event.

Celebrities like Nafisa Ali and Shobha De, designers Ritu Beri and Rohit Bal, former IPS officer Kiran Bedi, businessman Anil Ambani, Neeta Ambani and environmentalist Dr R K Pachauri are likely to be roped in for promoting the event.

In the media category, the organizers have shortlisted Bennett, Coleman & Company Ltd managing director Vineet Jain, chairperson and editorial director of HT Media Shobhana Bhartia, president and chairman of NDTV group Prannoy Roy, admen Prasoon Joshi and Piyush Pandey and wildlife filmmaker Mike Pandey.

OC sources said the brand ambassadors will promote the event. They will also participate in the opening and closing ceremonies of the games.


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