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After sporting events, it’s shopping carnival

With the Games coming to an end, the training kits are now in and the shopping bags are out at the Games Village.

delhi Updated: Oct 14, 2010 01:05 IST
Sidhartha Roy

With the Games coming to an end, the training kits are now in and the shopping bags are out at the Games Village.

On Wednesday, a day before the Games end, the training and practice areas at the Games Village wore a deserted look and the atmosphere was relaxed. There was, however, a constant stream of athletes and delegates going out of the Village to visit markets or coming with both hands full of shopping bags.

games Merchandise sold out Anything that had the image of Shera, the Games mascot, on it was in huge demand at the official merchandise outlet at the Village. The only things left on the empty racks were the stickers with the name and prices of the merchandise. "The vuvuzelas and the mugs were the first to be sold out and we don't have a single piece of these items left in the stock," said an official manning the outlet, who didn't wish to be named.

The only items left at the store were a few small musical instruments like drums, some flags and a jigsaw puzzle that no one seemed to be interested in. The few caps and bandanas left at the store were also being lapped up and athletes were even scrounging the storeroom to find elusive memorabilia.

No Shera mugs? Shera stamps will do With official Games merchandise out of stock, many athletes and officials thronged the Village post office to buy commemorative stamps issued for the Commonwealth Games.

"Most people are buying stamps and postcards with images of Shera and the baton," said an official who didn't wish to be named.

"We are also busy with bookings of items sent home by athletes by speed post," he added.

Indian mobiles a hit

The shop selling electronic goods at the Village stocks a lot of items, ranging from play stations to steam iron boxes. The hottest seller, however, are the mobile phones."The largest business we have done is in mobile phones and recharge cards. Athletes from African nations are buying mobile phones because prices of these are higher in their countries," said the shop's manager who didn't wish to be identified. "The mobile sets are cheaper here and I love shopping in Delhi's markets," said Benjamin, an athlete from Nigeria.

Rush for handicrafts

The Central Cottage Industries Emporium outlet at the Village is doing brisk business too and hottest items are stoles, jewellry and the Taj Mahal replicas. "There was not much footfall initially but the last two days has seen a lot of rush," said an official at the outlet.