Indians miss SAG closing ceremony due to traffic jam

Dhaka: Mighty Indians ran away with a lion`s
share of the medals in the 11th South Asian Games but when it
came to the official march-past during the closing ceremony
only 11 members were in attendance with most of them stuck in
the traffic jam here.

The thin Indian contingent, who were the champions of the
South Asian Games, amused everyone present at the jam-packed
Bangabandhu National Stadium.

But as it later turned out, Indians numbers rose in
majority with many players and officials joining the side in
the middle in between the closing ceremony.

"Blame it on the traffic. We had started well in advance
but we were caught on the long traffic snarls. It really feels
bad as we could not show our strength in the official
march-past," said a member of the Indian contingent on
condition of anonymity.

The VVIP gathering which witnessed the march-past
included Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi
and secretary general Randhir Singh, who were here to receive
the SAG torch and flag with India being the hosts of the next
edition of SAG in 2012.