Friday, 1 October 2010

Prince Charles to read Queen's message, President to open Games

The Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, will read out the Queen's message and the President of India, Pratiba Devisingh Patil, will deliver an address to signal the commencement of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 during the opening ceremony to be held here on Sunday.

The opening ceremony will be organized at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

The Queen's baton that continued its journey through important places here on Saturday including the Games Village, will reach its final destination, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue of the opening ceremony tomorrow.

Prince of Wales, Prince Charles will receive the Baton and will read the Queen's message on this occasion.

President Pratiba Devisingh Patil will deliver an address to signal the commencement of the Games.

The opening ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. with hosts of the previous edition of the Games in 2006 Australia, leading the march past followed by other countries in alphabetical order while hosts India will be last with the country's only gold medalist in the Olympics, Abhinav Bhindra being its flag bearer.

The two-hour cultural extravaganza will highlight the rhythms and ragas of India and would be performed by over 7,000 artistes including the top names from the Indian music industry including A.R. Rahman and Shankar Mahadevan.

The highlight of the opening of the games will be an Aerostate that prop-up images of leaders, important monuments and themes representing various periods in Indian history.

This time the Commonwealth Games or, the CWG, to be held between October 3 -14, will witness the largest participation of sports persons in the history of the Commonwealth Games, as over 6,700 athletes and delegates from 71 nations will compete for the honors in 17 sporting events.


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