Gold Coast bids memorable farewell to CWG athletes

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Apr 2018 12:05:27


 

 

GOLD COAST

IF THE opening was about history and traditions, the signing off was all about celebration as Gold Coast threw a big party to mark the end of the 21st Commonwealth Games with the legendary boxer M C Mary Kom carrying the flag for India at the closing ceremony.A packed Carrara stadium bid goodbye to the thousands of athletes and officials, who descended on this coastal city for 12 days of competition during which India pulled off its third-best ever medal count of 66, 26 of them gold.“The calibre of athletes has been unparalleled, showcasing world record holders, sporting greats and breakthrough performances from young athletes,” Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in her address.


“While the Games is coming to a close, the future of sport in the Commonwealth is very bright indeed. In fact, in 2018, the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sport are more relevant than ever before,” she said.
After an opening that revolved around Australia’s aboriginal heritage and one which stirred emotions, it was all about letting hair down at the closing. There were performances by several of Australia’s singing stars, joined by flag-waving athletes. The Indian contingent was led by Mary Kom, who claimed a gold medal after making her event debut at 35. The ceremony also paid tribute to the 15,000 volunteers, called the Games Shapers, for their dedication in making the event a success. The volunteer force was made a part of the ceremony.

Modi hails India’s
performance

CONGRATULATING India’s contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that the competitors will motivate more youngsters to pursue sports.India finished the CWG with 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. This year's total of 66 medals is the third highest haul for India in the history of the CWG. “India’s contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has made every Indian extremely proud. All our sportspersons gave their best and played very well. I congratulate all those athletes who are bringing back medals,” Modi said in a statement.“Every athlete who represented India at CWG inspires us. Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success.”