CWG Blog: Delhi Games end with a bang, Glasgow invites all

first_img9.50 pm – That’s it folks. It’s all over. The Delhi Games have come to an end. A bittersweet ride, the controversies of the past months have somewhat been mitigated by India’s glorious run which propelled them to a best-ever second place finish.The Indian athletes’ form bodes well for Asian Games which is in November in Guangzhou, China.9.46 pm – Chak De India, followed by Rahman’s CWG Theme. Fireworks begin. This is it. The Delhi Games are about to end.9.41 pm -Where’s The Party Tonight, Desi Girl and other fast-paced Bollywood numbers being performed now.9.30 pm –  Sunidhi Chauhan, Shankar Mahadev, Shubha Mudgal perform cameos. Old pop hits being dug out of their graves.9.15 pm – Kailash Kher on stage, singing Allah Ke Bande, followed by Sajda. Shiamak Daavar, Shankar Mahadevan, Usha Uthup with him.Ila Arun sings next.  Sukhwinder Singh starts Ibn Batuta.Shiamak begins singing We Will Rock You. Blimey.Usha Uthup performs We Are The Champions. Much more convincing than Shiamak.  Shiamak sings again. Why oh why?9.11 pm -The laser show begins.9.06 pm – Prince Edwards declares the 2010 Commonwealth Games closed.The Indian contingent at the closing ceremony parade. 9.05 pm – Trecia Smith of Jamaica wins the David Dixon award for being the outstanding athlete of the Delhi Games. Fennell hands over the trophy to Smith, who appears very pleased.She is Jamaica’s triple jump gold medal winner at the CWG.8.57 pm – Mike Fennell comes on. “As the curtains fall on the Games, let us celebrate what has been a wonderful exhibition of Commonwealth sports.”advertisement”Delhi has delivered a truly outstanding Games,” he says.”The Games have given Delhi a rich legacy not just in terms of world class sporting venues, but showing the world India can organise major sporting events.”The CGF boss also praises volunteers and the security apparatus.”Thank you Delhi,” he finishes.8.50 pm – The Glasgow show goes on. The next hosts of the Commonwealth games tell the world what their country has to offer in 2014.8.45 pm – A little film about Scotland plays. Bagpipers enter the venue. Scottish performers begin their act. Crowd cheers them along.8.35 pm – The flag handover begins. But first, another long, boring round of thanks from Tejinder Khanna. The Glasgow representative is here.Khanna finally hands over the flag to Glasgow, the 2014 hosts. 8.31 pm –  Sheila Dikshit and Tejinder Khanna in the spotlight. The ceremonial flag is now to be delivered to Glasgow.8.25 pm – Kalmadi goes on: “I thank Sonia Gandhi and young leader Rahul Gandhi for sitting in spectator area, not in the VIP area”.Speech is too long and boring, says S Kannan. More thanks. To Jaipal Reddy. Chidambaram. Sonia, Manmohan, Ambika Soni, Tejinder Khanna, Sheila Dikshit, and who not.”Many feel Games village was the best ever”. Crowd approves.”The impact of the Games has been felt. Delhi has advanced by 10 years.””Games bound India together,” he says.Kalmadi has made this a political speech. People are getting bored.Kalmadi thanks Lalit Bhanot. Crowd booes. Good.Kalmadi signs off: “We wish Glasgow all the best for the 2014 CWG. Thank you Delhi, thank you India. Jai Hind.”Shaan sings ‘Goodbye Oh Shera’ with Shera the CWG mascot. 8.20 pm – Shera waves goodbye. Laser lights trained on him. He walks away from the stadium. Kalmadi’s speech begins. Crowd booes him. He’s an unpopular man. They don’t want his speeech!He address ‘the proud people of Delhi’. Crowd approves.’This is not the end’. More cheers.Kalmadi refers to India’s 101 medals, a record haul. More cheers. He thanks Manmohan Singh for his support.8.16 pm – Images of the 11 day’s action unfold. It’s time to say goodbye to our mascot Shera, says the announcer as she welcomes singer Shaan. ‘Goodbye oh Shera’, Shaan sings in an open-top rickshaw with Shera by his side. Eyes get moist. In a short while New Delhi will be bidding goodbye to the Games. And it will be over to the 2014 hosts ScotlandShera after Appu of 1982 Asiad will be remembered for years to come.8.15 pm –  Indian athletes soak in the atmosphere. Dancing all the way. Justified with the medal haul they raked in.Jio, Utho, Badho plays. There is an audio-visual package being beamed on the aerostat. It captures the golden moments of the Games. AR Rahman’s song has crowd in a rocking mood.CWG volunteers at the closing ceremony. (PTI)8.05 pm – Our man at the venue, MT sports editor S Kannan says: This is a long procession of athletes walking in. During the opening ceremony, it lasted 45 minutes. This seems no less. advertisement7.58 pm – More and more athletes troop in, in alphabetic order. Sri Lanka’s flag was prominent. Catch the closing ceremony photos on India Today.7.45 pm – Lesser number of athletes from each nation enter. Most have started leaving after their events over all in track dress mostlyDhanyavaad Delhi united, the volunteers who made these games happen, says the announcer.Team India enters.Gagan Narang leads the hosts. He has won four gold medals. THUNDEROUS APPLAUSE FOR HIM. Indians are happy. A record haul of medals and they get a great reception, loud and raucous.7.39 pm – The athletes parade begins. Volunteers and marshals enter in a curved river formation. The flags of the Commonwealth enter now.Led by India and scotland, the 2014 hosts other flags follow in an alphabetic order. Athletes wave coloured scarves.The closing ceremony kicks off at the JN Stadium. (Subir Halder/India Today)  7.30 pm – School kids now performing Vande Maatram. A riot of colour in the middle, informs Kannan.7.29 pm – The bands’ performing Saare Jahan Se Accha gets the crowd going again.7.16 -Throbbing first segment ends. Air Force, Army, Navy bands enter. Their majestic formations wow the crowd. The decibel levels are high.7.07 pm – The first performance begins. It’s called Agni, featuring martial art performers. Nagas in action. And Silambam from Tamil Nadu. Performers from various cultures in action. Khalsa martial art on display too.7.06 pm – National anthem begins. Followed by the crowd’s loud approval. The countdown begins on the Aerostat. The crowd approves again. The ceremony has begun.7.05 pm – Have the Delhi Games met your expectations? Tell us what you think in the comments.7 pm – Ceremony kicks off. Sonia Gandhi takes her seat. OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi welcomes CGF chief Mike Fennell, who said that the Delhi Games have been delivered successfully.Sri Lanka President Mahendra Rajapakse also at the stadiuim as the chief guest.6.55 pm – Ceremonies will begin in five minutes, informs Mail Today sports editor, S Kannan.  The stadium isn’t choc-a-bloc full yet. The performers have taken their positions out in the centre.In the meanwhile, you can revisit the opening ceremony for the Games.Disabled children perform at the CWG Closing Ceremony in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI) 6.45 pm – 15 minutes to go for the closing ceremony. Sonia Gandhi arrives at the Stadium. Water tight security.6.40 pm – The MC has got the crowd warmed up.  6.30 pm – The closing ceremony for the Commonwealth Games will begin at 7 pm the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The ceremony would involve the passing of the Games Baton back to the Commonwealth Federation, followed by Glasgow’s invitation to the world for the 2014 Games.last_img

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