Celebrates the spirit of incredible India as seen in the recently-concluded CWG….
In July of 1954 a small contingent of Indian Athletes stepped onto the tracks in Vancouver, Canada, to represent independent India for the very first time at the Common Wealth Games. Despite their efforts India finished without a single medal, while the mighty English topped the table. 56 years later, Indian President Pratibha Patil declared with enthusiastic fervor – “Let the Games begin!” and a journey that started from the cold streets of Vancouver had finally come home to a warm and euphoric welcome.
After 12 days of fierce competition and rapturous celebrations, the significance of this journey slowly revealed itself – Indian triumph against the sporting powers of the World and Indian resurgence in the midst of controversy.
Despite national negativity and world wide scrutiny, India can proudly claim to have hosted The 2010 Common Wealth Games. Though there were obstacles and wrong-doings, in keeping with the Indian spirit we have overcome these barriers with humble perseverance. Delhi 2010 witnessed a confluence of sportsmanship and talent, an ideal follow-up to the convergence of Indian cultures on display at the opening ceremony. India has officially announced itself on the world stage as a sporting nation despite a few blemishes in a fitting conclusion to an enthralling journey.
The real heroes are the 619 Indian athletes who represented the tri-color with passion and professionalism leading India to its highest medal haul in the history of the Common Wealth Games. The perfect finish was Saina Nehwal’s victory on the last day, clinching India its 38th Gold and 101st medal overall. Finishing second ahead of the English and crossing the 100-mark is an outstanding achievement and a tribute to the hardwork. One man who deserves special mention is Gagan Narang, an unsung hero who catapulted India with his 4 Gold medals in shooting.
We salute these athletes, each of whom has contributed a small chapter to this
‘Come out and Play’ was the motto, and it’s safe to say – We Came, We Played and Played Well!
– Ganesh Shankar