Dhaka: Impressed with the way Bangladesh
conducted the opening ceremony of the South Asian Games today,
Sports Minister M S Gill today said India could learn a few
things from it for the ensuing Commonwealth Games back home.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today declared
open the Games, which Gill termed as South Asia`s "Olympics".
Thousands of school students and Army men participated in
the gala ceremony which glimpsed the culture and heritage of
"It`s not easy task to bring more than 10,000 school
children, youth to put up such a show. There is something we
can learn from this ahead of the opening of the Commonwealth
Games on October 3," Gill, who was part of the dignitaries,
said after the ceremony.
Bangladesh proved its ability to organise such a big
sporting event in such a massive way. It also gave me an idea
how the opening ceremony is held," he added.
Gill also called for expansion of sporting relations
between India and Bangladesh.
"I am very happy to be here. It`s South Asia`s Olympics.
The competition is held among eight neighbouring countries in
a very friendly manner.
"In terms of bilateral relationship in sport, there is
much we can do together. We have an extensive coaching system
in place with SAI centres in Kolkata, Patiala and other
"We have sport college and academies and can expand
sporting relations," he said.