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Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony Dazzles
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Friday, October 15, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government
Country: South Africa
Created: Oct 15, 2010

Following this, Oscar-winning musician AR Rahman presented his self-composed revival of Vande Matram (national song) that was performed by a group of 2010 school students.

 

The colorful and creative presentation spread India's feeling of harmony to the world.

 

This was followed up with a Railgadi (train trail) run by the volunteers of the event.

 

The fun and frolic continued with the athletes taking centre stage and a joyous, eclectic parade was the result.

 

Commonwealth Games' Organising Committee chairman, Suresh Kalmadi, gave a closing speech that highlighted the events’ achievements and thanked all for their support for the event.

 

Mike Fennel, the chief of the Commonwealth Games Federation summed it up quite aptly when he said: “Delhi, you have delivered truly exceptional Games, and above all, a wonderful experience for all.”

 

Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma congratulated the South African team at the Commonwealth Games, following a sterling performance.

 

Team SA finished fifth on the medals table with a total of 33 medals – which included 12 gold medals, 11 silver and 10 bronze.

 

Gold medals from Sunette Viljoen in the women's javelin event and Chris Harmse in the men's hammer throw, helped South Africa seal its place as a winning nation.

 

Natalie du Toit confirmed her status as one of the world’s greatest by swimming away with three gold medals.

 

A number of young athletes have also shown promise. Twenty-two year old swimming sensation Cameron van den Burgh was rewarded with 2 gold medals.

 

Eighteen year-olds Chad le Clos, who also took two swimming gold medals, and Jennifer Khwela, silver medallist in the vault have also done the country proud.

 

Zuma congratulated India on hosting successful Commonwealth Games. “They have certainly proved their detractors wrong, both on and off the field. Together with South Africa, they have proved that developing nations are capable of hosting successful global sporting events,” the President said.

 

He said Team SA’s performance has inspired millions of citizens, most especially the youth to endeavour to become champions. “We call upon all South Africans to give our team a rousing welcome on their return. Well done. Halala,” Zuma said. – BuaNews-Xinhua

 

 

 

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