Notwithstanding the negative publicity that the Commonwealth Games has garnered, with failed deadlines and alleged scams, some young Indians associated with the Games are brimming with excitement.
Around 4,000 schoolchildren from schools in the Capital will become part of history when they participate in the opening and closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010.
The students, who have been selected by the organising committee of the Games, are primarily from government schools.
Some of them belong to public schools too.
“One of the criterion for participation was the height of the students. While the girl students have to be 5 feet 2 inches, the boys have to be 5 feet 4 inches tall,” said the principal of a public school, 300 of whose children would participate in the closing ceremony of the Games.
According to New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) officials, the students were classified into red, blue and yellow categories on the basis of their performance.
While those qualified in the red category will be the main performers, the ones in the blue category will be supporting performers. While those students who are in the yellow category will take part in other activities related to the performances.
The rehearsals of the programmes have already begun and are slated to continue till the last week of September.
Initially, students will rehearse twice a week or so and as the Games approach, the frequency will increase.
According to a circular uploaded at the Directorate of Education’s website, the participants start their rehearsals by 8.45 a.m.
Students are expected to put up various programmes that include songs, dance and yoga, which will showcase the Indian cultural heritage.
Noted dancer Shovana Narayan will train students for some events.
All the events would be conducted in two languages — Hindi and English — which are Commonwealth languages. Students from public schools will be associated with the Welcome Ceremony of the athletes.
Once the athletes reach the Games village, the students would welcome them with songs and dances.