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The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi got the ultimate pat on the back from the Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Mr. Michael Fennell, who declared the mega-event as "truly exceptional".
Delivering his address during a spectacular and colourful Closing Ceremony, Fennell said, "Today, we bring down curtains on XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi. Delhi, you have delivered a truly exceptional Games. Security, transport and other services have been of highest quality. The venues were world class and it was a truly outstanding show by the athletes."
"The athletes have demonstrated their skills and sporting personalities brought different cultures together. Athletes from 71 countries contested for 826 medals in the true spirit of friendship. Several Commonwealth Games records were broken, including two world records. Some have created new national records," he added.
Fennell said the successful hosting of the Games will leave behind a rich legacy for Delhi. "The Organising Committee overcame all obstacles and presented a successful Games. Delhi has now a rich legacy, the world class venues and improved city structure. It has presented itself as a world class city. The world will have a better understanding of this wonderful country and its potential now," said the CGF Chief.
"Now we set our eyes on 2014 Glasgow Games and look forward to athletes participating in all events in large numbers," said Fennell.
Fennell thanked the Centre and Delhi government for providing the necessary resources and the OC CWG Delhi 2010 for the hard work in delivering the Games.
"I thank the Organising Committee, led by Mr. (Suresh) Kalmadi and (Delhi Chief Minister) Sheila Dikshit for the hard work they have put in. I also thank the Delhi and the National Governments for the resources they have provided," he said.
Fennell also named Jamaican woman triple jumper Trecia Smith for the David Dixon Award, given to the outstanding athlete of the Commonwealth Games based on their performance, fair play and overall contribution to their team's participation in the Games. - PTI