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Athletes honoured in Delhi
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Commonwealth Games Federation President, Michael Fennell, has announced the protocol arrangements for the Opening Ceremony of the XIX Commonwealth Games at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on October 3, 2010.
For the first time in the history of the Games the athletes will march into the stadium during the opening segment of the ceremony after which they will be seated to enjoy the ceremony.
“Both the CGF and the Organising Committee (OC) have agreed that the emphasis of the Opening Ceremony must be on the athletes of the Commonwealth, allowing them to be the focus of attention,” Mr Fennell said.
“The Games are about the athletes, the ceremony recognises the commencement of the Games, so it is appropriate that the athletes are honoured in this way.”
The dignitaries present at the Ceremony will include: the Honorable President of India Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil; the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh; HRH The Prince of Wales, as the representative of the Head of the Commonwealth, Her Majesty The Queen; the CGF President Michael Fennell and; the OC Chairman Suresh Kalmadi, all of whom will officiate at the ceremony. Also present will be the CGF Vice Patron, HRH The Earl of Wessex.
The Queen’s Baton will arrive at the stadium at 20:26 hours after completing its’ 170,000kms journey across the Commonwealth’s 71 Nations and Territories. The Baton will be received by HRH The Prince of Wales who will read The Queen’s message, which ends with the opening of the Games.
The President of India will then deliver her address and signal the commencement of the Games.
Following the formalities, the athletes will enjoy a 45 minute cultural extravaganza showcasing the best of Indian diversity and cultural heritage.