Sunday, 3 October 2010

Prince Charles, President Patil declare Games open

Amidst cheers by the spectators, President Pratibha Patil declared the Games open. After athletes of all participating teams entered the stadium, CWG Baton arrived at stadium carried by India's ace boxer Vijender Kumar. The same was ultimately passed onto Sushil Kumar, who handed it over to Prince Charles.

After message from Suresh Kalmadi, PM Manmohan Singh and Mike Fennell; Prince Charles and Pratibha Patil declared the games open.

The 19th Commonwealth Games were jointly declared open by Prince Charles and President of India Pratibha Patil on Sunday at the Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium, the main venue for the Commonwealth Games.

Here's the complete text of President Patil's speech:
Sport, has always been, a powerful bridge, across cultures and people. At the 19th Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, we shall see this come true, one more time. We will witness, the power of sport, to bring together, athletes from the nations and territories of the Commonwealth, bound together, by a commonality of purpose.

Over the next 11 days, thousands of athletes will take part, in intense competition, across different sports and para-sport disciplines. We will see, a variety of emotions unfold, when the competitions begin. And we will experience much of it, ourselves.

More than anything else, we will see human endeavour, at its best. Each athlete will strive to give his or her best. Such determined effort, will offer those watching the Games, a great opportunity, to imbibe lessons that will enable them enhance the quality of their pursuits.

Sports is a microcosm of life. Those watching sports persons pursue their dreams, will get to see, how to perform under enormous stress, and, to deal with success and failure. Let me wish the athletes, the very best in their dedicated pursuit of excellence.

To our friends from other countries, let me say: India is a diverse and beautiful nation, with a rich heritage and culture. I am sure you will experience it in all its hues and cherish it. To my fellow Indians, I would like to say: let us use this opportunity, to showcase our legendary hospitality, while we enjoy the celebration of sport in our country.

The Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi are now open.

Let the Games begin.


Techshankar said...

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Grand Opening Ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2010

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