Ace boxer Vijender Singh and Commonwealth Games mascot Shera were the cynosure of all eyes during the felicitation and flag hoisting ceremony for the Indian Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Friday.
As soon as the Olympic and World Championships bronze medallist walked into the open amphitheatre to participate in the event, he was surrounded by young volunteers and media shutterbugs.
The function started with the hoisting of the tricolour amid the sound of drum beats and followed by the national anthem and cultural events.
A special performance, which was an amalgamation of modern dance and yoga, got a huge round of applause from the audience.
"Our team members are getting excellent facilities at the Games Village. The facilities being provided here are above all standards. The food, transportation, practice areas and communication mode are of high standard. The athletes will perform their best to bag maximum medals," Team India's Chef De Mission Bhubaneshwar Kalita said.
"It has surpassed all facilities provided in Manchester and Singapore. We were put up in college hostels in Manchester," Kalita said.
Lauding the players, Commonwealth Games Village Mayor Dalbir Singh said, "We have provided excellent facilities here and tried to create a home away from home for your comfortable stay."
Vijender later presented a replica of the baton to Kalita as a souvenir.
Organising Committee officer-bearers, including senior Vice President Vijay Kumar Malhotra, and Congress MP Sandeep Dikshit, were present during the ceremony.
Later, during a press conference, Kalita announced decorated shooter and Olympic Gold Medallist Abhinav Bindra as India's flag-bearer during the Games Opening Ceremony on Sunday.