| Updated at: 0432 PST, Friday, October 15, 2010|
NEW DELHI: A spectacular closing ceremony brought Commonwealth Games 2010 to a dazzling conclusion at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi on Thursday.
They sang and danced well into the night on Thursday as the curtains came down on the 12-day Commonwealth Games that ended in an unprecedented medal haul and number two position for hosts in the medals’ run.
That was a fact that gained prominent mention, and a good round of applause from the 60,000-strong crowd, in the long-winding speech that Organising Committee (OC) Chairman Suresh Kalmadi made at a colourful and spectacular closing ceremony.
Colour, spontaneous gaiety and bonhomie marked the closing ceremony just as they do at all major multi-discipline games.
As the athletes marched into the stadium in mixed batches, for one last moment, screaming, shouting and saying “thank you India,” there was relief all around that the Games had gone off without an incident.
‘Agni', a segment depicting the martial arts of the country, a combination of military bands that exited by playing saare jehan se acha to thunderous ovation, ‘vande maataram', a presentation of colour by some 2010 schoolchildren, and ‘music of universal love' marked the cultural presentation.
“A truly memorable celebration” was how Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell described the Games.