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To protest Dow, Bhopal holds Olympics

There could be no parallels drawn with the London Olympics, but this poorly-funded group of organisations was full of enthusiasm while holding 'Bhopal Special Olympics' on Thursday.

bhopal Updated: Jul 27, 2012 01:33 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

There could be no parallels drawn with the London Olympics, but this poorly-funded group of organisations was full of enthusiasm while holding 'Bhopal Special Olympics' on Thursday.

Their only aim was to focus on things the Britishers can be ashamed of, in contrast to the opening theme of London Olympics that has been designed by Danny Boyle and focuses on all things the Britishers can be proud of.

Despite intermittent rains, the programme at a semi-built Arif Nagar Stadium was attended by a handsome number of audience.

Bhopal Olympics started with a traditional march past— the only contrast here was that several players were in wheel chairs and many others walking — participants with brooms in their hands, sending out a message to Dow to come down to Bhopal and clean the toxic chemicals that has contaminated the water.

A dance drama was presented after the march past. The angst against Dow could well be judged as people present were seen clapping and enjoying whenever the Britishers were seen being over-powered by Indians during the show.

The opening speech was given by ex-Olympian Mohd Jalaluddin who represented India in 1984 games in Los Angeles.

There were about a dozen events, which included 25-metre wheel chair race, walking, assisted walking and crab walking.

Some four dozen children participated in these games and won gold, silver and bronze medals.

Some of these children cannot even walk properly, but the way they participated in the 25-metre race was highly applauded. Crab walk stole the show as it was planned for those kids who cannot walk.

They ran through the distance all on their limbs.

First Published: Jul 26, 2012 23:18 IST