As the countdown has begun for the Commonwealth Games at New Delhi, India, the preparation activities are gaining momentum.
England’s Chef de Mission Craig Hunter has said that the Games Village for the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi is better than the accommodation provided for the athletes and team officials at the Beijing Olympic Games, and it will be a challenge for London, the host of 2012 Olympics to match it.
This was revealed by the Organising Committee for Commonwealth Games 2010.
“It is spectacular,” Hunter said on the day of the soft opening of the Games Village. “You should be proud of what you have got. Every Games Village has progressed and this sets a new standard. This Village is better than the Beijing Olympics. You have given us a challenge for the London 2012.”
The England Chef de Mission downplayed security fears and said the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi is making all efforts to look into their concerns.
“Security is an integral part of every Games and it is no different here. It is part of the preparation,” he said.
Meanwhile, Shera, the mascot of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, is making his presence felt across the Indian capital, New Delhi. Shera is visiting various schools to spread awareness amongst the children about the Games and environment.
The students are being briefed about the Games being hosted in New Delhi from October 3 –14, 2010. Overview presentations and short films on the Games are among the elements of the awareness campaign. Information about various venues and ticketing details are also being given to the students.
The shows are being organized with Shera and the students dancing on the Games theme song composed by A. R. Rahman, an Indian film composer who has also won Academy Awards for the movie Slumdog Millionaire at the 2009 Oscars event.
Photo courtesy: Organising Committee Commonwealth Games