Delhi games volunteers raring to go
A staggering 30,000 volunteers will provide critical support to the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in the Capital from October 3.Updated: Jul 21, 2010 00:52 IST
A staggering 30,000 volunteers will provide critical support to the Commonwealth Games, which will be held in the Capital from October 3.
After an exhaustive training programme, the volunteers are set to enter the final phase of grooming.
Surprisingly, not just students but experienced professionals have enlisted themselves and are brimming with confidence.
For 45-year-old Sudhir Gupta, volunteering is a “small” way of contributing to the country’s efforts of projecting itself as a sporting giant.
“I have a steady job and an established family. It was a conscious decision to not be a mute spectator but take part in this momentous event,” he said.
Gupta was part of close to 600 volunteers who congregated at the Amity University on Tuesday. Under the training meet, former India captain Kapil Dev and football commentator Novi Kapadia, explained on what to expect during the Games.
“Every volunteer should ensure that our culture is exhibited in the truest of spirit. The success or failure of the Games depends on its volunteers who should work selflessly during the entire duration of the Games,” said Kapil.
Kapadia stressed on professionalism. “Be clear, be friendly but most of all, be professional. Work assigned should be done immediately and with precision,” he said while giving examples of the good work done by volunteers during the Soccer World Cup in South Africa.
First Published: Jul 21, 2010 00:51 IST