New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said it was indeed a proud moment for India to host the 19th edition of Commonwealth Games in the historic city of New
"Welcome to India, welcome to these Games. The people of
India are delighted to host the 19th edition of Commonwealth
Games in this historic city of Delhi," the PM said in his
welcome speech at the three-hour-long dazzling opening show.
"It is a proud moment for all our countrymen. I convey my
warm greetings to all members (of Commonwealth) in this august
gathering in Commonwealth Games fraternity," he said.
Wishing all the participating sportspersons a memorable
Commonwealth Games, Singh said, "Enjoy our hospitality, enjoy
the Games, enjoy the incredible sound and sights of India.
"Millions are waiting eagerly to watch the Games unfold
and celebrate the sporting excellence. The Games will see
contest, human skill and above all of courage and uphold the
spirit the Commonwealth and seeds of equality and friendship."
The Prime Minister ended his speech saying that may the
Games be successful in establishing a bond of unity.
"This is an occasion to essential spirit of Commonwealth
Games. May this spread peace equality among all people of
nations. May this participation will spread friendship and
good will, understanding that will unite us as one large
family more than winning or losing.
"My wishes to sportspersons, organisers for a memorable
19th Commonwealth Games," he said.