Tara Homes for Children, NGO for street children in Delhi, India

Friday, October 29, 2010

Commonwealth Games: we were there

Upper row, from the left: Javed, Rakesh, Jaan
Lower row: Sidhu, Sunil

  This is NOT a commercial for a toothpaste. These are the Tara teens attending the 19th Commonwealth Games, the sport even of the year. OK there has also been the Football World Cup. Let’s say of the semester then.

The 16 boys attended different competitions. They had prepared slogans and songs, more or less inspired. Our teenagers, let’s say it frankly, mostly came to support the Indian athletes but stayed fair-play by acknowledging the feats of foreign competitors. « They are amazing, these ladies! » whispered Lokesh to us, eyes wide open in front the pirouettes of the Australian synchronized swimmers.

At the medals ceremony, just when the hymns were being heard, the children all had a very solemn and respectful behaviour. Except slight signs of impatience during the hymn of Kenya who tends to take its own sweet time and crowns one good third of the athletes.

We had the chance to attend swimming and athletics at Nehru Stadium and finally the dazzling closing ceremony: we were filled with wonder and we really enjoyed the games.

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