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Games draw to a close

Hyderabad: : Paying a stirring salute to sportsmanship, the 32nd National Games on Sunday drew to a close amidst a dazzling razzmataz of hi-tech gadgetry showcasing the rich cultural tradition of Andhra Pradesh.

While the opening ceremony on December 13 focussed on the nation’s underlying principle of unity in diversity with a well thought-out spirit of India show, the two-hour long closing function paid tributes to sportsmanship and sporting excellence through audio visuals and presentation of trophies to the top achievers.

The 10-day spectacle, widely rated as the best Games ever, was officially consigned to history as Indian Olympic Associaiton (IOC) president Suresh Kalmadi declared the Games closed in the presence of Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee after the athletes marched in hand in hand promising to meet again in Assam three years later for the next edition.

Speaking on the occasion, Vajpayee stressed the importance of sports in uniting people.

“Sports cuts across barriers of caste, creed and colour. So, we need to lay stress on sports to stregthen national integrity,” he said.

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