Hyderabad, Nov. 1 (PTI): India’s bid to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games got a boost on Saturday when President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said the country had graduated to host bigger events. “India has graduated to hold bigger events like Commonwealth Games and Olympics,” said Kalam, who declared the Games closed.
He said the Afro-Asian Games had “created beautiful environment which led to creativity and in turn to high performances.” The inaugural Afro-Asian Games, marking the celebration of unity between the two continents, concluded at a glittering ceremony here.
The nine-day meet, which saw about 2,000 athletes from 95 countries competing in eight disciplines, came to an end at the G.M.C. Balayogi Stadium, when Kalam declared the Games closed. “I congratulate all the athletes and officials who were part of the Games. When I see thousands of sportspersons I am sure the combined power of youth through sport will be the most powerful resource on Earth,” he said.
“I also congratulate the contingents particularly India and China, (who took the first two positions in the medal tally),” the President added.
Anju’s training plans
Long jumper Anju Bobby George will start a three-month training schedule in Bangalore from December 1 to put herself on track for a medal in next year’s Olympics in Athens.
“My goal is a gold. Unless you aim for the gold you cannot hope to win a medal”, Anju, who has qualified for the Olympics long jump with a 6.70 m performance which earned her a bronze medal at the Paris world meet, said today.
After the Bangalore schedule, she is slated to compete in the European Grand Prix and Golden League championship, Anju said. “After these two events I will only focus on the Olympics,” she said.