The Olympic fever is rising and the country is busy with celebrations for cheering up the participants from India. As the participants are on a mission to win medals and make the nation proud, the government is also taking initiatives in appraisal of their achievements and also to inspire them. An Olympic Museum has been set up in Central Park, Connaught Place as a part of the Olympic Carnival. The museum, which started on 1st August and would go until 21st August, is an inspirational initiative to cheer up all the I
The events included in the Carnival consist of photo exhibition and cut-out images of famous sports personalities. It also includes a street-food festival along with various other cultural activities. The Olympic Museum will take you through a nostalgic journey of the events conducted in the history of Olympics. The participants who had taken part in different events in different years of Olympics will also be present there for interaction with the visitors. The Museum provides all the information regarding the country’s achievements in Olympics along with the details of future plans for the athletes.
The government has also arranged for a five kilometres ‘Run for Rio’ which was flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The starting point of the run was Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium where more than 1,000 students of NDMC School participated. More than 20,000 students have participated in the event to cheer for the Olympic participants from the Country.
The grandeur of the Rio Run was amplified with the beautiful decoration of Connaught Place using colourful flags of 207 nations taking part in the Olympics. Apart from the festivities, the government has also taken initiative to set up LED screens in different areas. Central Park, India Gate, khan Market are few among the places where the LED’s can be found. New Delhi Municipal Council has taken the responsibility of arranging colourful flags in inner and outer circles of Central Park as said by the minister of sports, Vijay Goel.
The celebration started with a grand success which included various cultural performances. Various artists from all over the Country have been invited to take part in the cultural events. The food stalls offer a variety of tastes. It includes global cuisines and also street foods. Different types of games have been arranged for the kids in the carnival. In addition to the cultural events and food stalls, there are arrangements of stalls to buy various merchandise or products.
Vijay Goel, the minister of sports, led the Indian delegation to Rio. The other ministers accompanying him were Rajiv Yadav, Additional secretary Kiran Gupta, Directors Sagarpreet Hooda and Vivek Narayan, Onkar Kedia, Rajvir Singh and DG Ingeti Srinivas from the Sports Authority of India. The travel fares of all the participants were borne by the Sports Authority of India. The Indian Olympic Association arranged accreditation for a few selected bureaucrats. Although all of them are eligible to witness the matches only those selected members were allowed inside the stadiums, sports village and Indian Contingent in Rio.
The entire Country is cheering for the participants and hoping for a grand success in this year’s Olympic. The Rio Carnival in Delhi is a great inspirational initiative taken by the government to appreciate the hard work of the athletes of our Country.