opening ceremony kicks-off Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010


President Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prince Charles jointly inaugurated the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi on Sunday evening at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the National capital. The games commenced with President Patil's words: "Let the games begin". Prior to the formal announcement, Prince Charles, the representative of the Queen, at the ceremony received the Queen's Baton at the Jawarharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue of the opening ceremony. India's star wrestler Sushil Kumar handed over the Baton to Prince Charles, who then went on to read out the Queen's message. Prince Charles and President Patil respectively then addressed the people present on the occasion, before making the formal announcement of the beginning of XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi.
To announce the beginning of the Games, the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles, said: "Ladies and Gentlemen, I have much pleasure in declaring the nineteenth Commonwealth Games open." Also present on this occasion were Prime Minister Dr. Manhmohan Singh with his wife Gursharan Kaur. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also gave a brief speech on this occasion. "From all our countrmen, I convey my warm greetings to each member of this august gathering of Commonwealth sporting fraternity. I invite all our guests who have come from every corner of the world to enjoy our hospitality, to enjoy games, to enjoy the incredible sites and sounds of India," said Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. "Millions of people are waiting eagerly to watch this great sporting spectacle unfold," Dr. Singh added.