Glasgow: Sachin Tendulkar is set to play a “special” part in Wednesday’s opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games.
Tendulkar, who retired from international cricket last year, will make his presence felt during the ceremony in his capacity as the global goodwill ambassador of Unicef, which has partnered with the Glasgow CWG organisers and Commonwealth Games Federation in a first-of-its-kind initiative to spread awareness about children’s problems facing all over the world.
But how Tendulkar will be part of the ceremony, to be graced by Commonwealth head Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister David Cameron and his cabinet colleagues, Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond and his colleagues in the government and other dignitaries from Commonwealth nations, is not known as the organisers are tight-lipped about the details.
“There will be something special from Tendulkar, wait and watch tomorrow,” Lord David Puttnam, Unicef’s UK ambassador, said after a programme on the partnership.
“Tendulkar is a global goodwill ambassador for Unicef and he is happily involved with the work of the organisation,” said Puttnam.
The media in the UK had earlier reported that a Unicef campaign will be featured on the night showing special films recorded by the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Alex Ferguson and Tendulkar, aimed at raising funds for projects being run across Commonwealth countries.
The opening will also feature a near 100 metre wide and 11m high LED screen erected in front of the South Stand at Celtic Park to broadcast images of the night. In 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games the aerostat which cost crores was the showpiece during the opening and closing ceremonies.