09 July 2008

Commonwealth Youth Games 2008

CYG merchandise launched with fanfare.

It was a great evening, Rock Concert, Fashion Show Mark The Event and showe how big it is going to be.

With about a 100 days left for the Commonwealth Youth Games (CYG) to start, a spectacular cultural evening was held at the Corinthian Club,PUNE to launch the merchandise and uniforms for the 3,500 volunteers, technical team, and the youth baton relay, on 4th july.

The evening kicked off with a fusion performance by the ‘Jalebee Cartel’ accompanied by 100 dhol players, followed by a welcome address by Suresh Kalmadi , MP and Chairman of the organising committee, CYG. Also present were Michael Fennell, president of Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Hooper, CEO Commonwealth Games Federation, among other dignitaries.

Fennell and Kalmadi launched the merchandise. This was followed by a fashion show demonstrating the entire range of uniforms, designed by Nivedita Saboo for the volunteers, technical officials, youth baton relay and the organizing committee.

Musician Raghav Sachar sang one of his Bollywood numbers from the movie ‘One Two Three’. He also played a saxophone, one of the 24 instruments he can play.

Merchandise designed by the Professional Sports Services was sported by children who have gained national and international reputation in various events.

The grand finale of the show saw Kalmadi and former Miss India Amrita Thapar walk the ramp along with Jigrr, the official mascot. Top models like Gauhar Khan, Mugda Godse, Viraf Patel, Priyanka Shah followed them.

A brilliant laser show told the story of the Youth Baton Relay. The true spirit of CYG Pune 2008 was depicted by the children of Delhi Public School carrying the flags of all 71 participating nations. Event theme song, penned by Javed Akhtar and sung by Shankar Mahadevan, was also sung.

Jigrr, the CYG mascot flanked by Michael Fennell, president of Commonwealth Games Federation (left) and Suresh Kalmadi, chief organiser of the event.

Its me with Jigrr, at my college fest this year.

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