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Netizens shower praise and support for CWG

india Updated: Oct 06, 2010 15:33 IST

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Before the Games kicked off, jokes about the unpreparedness were in plenty on social networking sites, but now Facebook and Twitter have become the medium for 'netizens' to come out in support of organisers and cheer athletes.

Many of the internet users have formed groups in support of the Commonwealth Games, posting updates to cheer athletes and encouraging the Organising Committee for making the sporting event memorable.

Be it discussion, comments, poll or criticism, a number of cybersurfers are actively involved in it.

Appreciating the opening ceremony on October 3, Niket Singh, a Facebook user posted "At CWG 2010 India Rocks". Another user, Prabal Jadon said "better than Beijing Olympic, awesome ceremony."

Whereas for Ajay Verma, the scintillating ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium was "...heaven and great moment for us...Jai Ho."

People from different walks of life, such as engineers, doctors, students, government employees, organisers and volunteers, are actively sharing their experience.

They also took on the naysayers head on for being pessimistic regrading the conduct of such a magnum opus event. "I want to tell you that even in international arena, this ceremony was so well received. All are saying... Arre yeh India to apna baap nikla (India came out came out stronger than expected)," a volunteer Prasad Kulkarni wrote.

"Actually, all are tired after commenting on numerous news websites...As a television audience, I would want to give a huge thanks to all of the celebration committee and volunteers who made this event a grand success."

Images of rooms, the arenas, and the swimming pools are being posted, while a few are busy giving fast updates on medal tally, besides describing events of the day and competition schedule.

"Twitter, Facebook abuzz with positive vibes. After a week of nailing down Suresh Kalmadi through abusive names, jokes...it appears that Twitter and Facebook are now witnessing a groundswell of patriotic fervour...," said an user.

It's not all Indian on these websites. People of different nationalities are coming forward to encourage and appreciate their respective teams and athletes.

"Aussie Aussie Aussie," wrote Shannon Lee Rofe on her post giving a fillip to the Australian team.

These comments on the Games are fast attracting more users and comments day-by-day.

A community, Commonwealth games official, which has over 37,500 registered members on Orkut, said "May peace prevail, May our tricolor fly high, May our hearts leap with joy, May our triumph scale new heights, 2010 Commonwealth Games, Delhi."

"All the best to all Indian players in CWG...proud to be an Indian," Ronit worte in his Orkut scrap.

These sites are all full of such praise and appreciations.

The 12-day-long Commonwealth Games will end on October 14. Over 7,000 athletes from 71 nations are participating in the mega sporting event being hosted by the country for the first time.