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Flag hoiting ceremony at the Games Village
National flags of 16 countries hoisted at the Games Village

NEW DELHI: The National flags of the contingents from 16 countries – Falkland Islands, St. Lucia, Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, St. Helena, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Gambia, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Guernsey, Jamaica, Bermuda and Uganda were hoisted amidst song, dance and celebrations during the ongoing team welcome ceremonies at the Commonwealth Games Village on 30 September.

The contingents were welcomed by Village Mayor, Dalbir Singh, the Games mascot Shera and volunteers. The delegates were presented with a traditional Indian stole (Angavastra) on the occasion. The contingents were headed by their respective Chefs de Mission.

The National flags were raised by volunteers from the National Cadet Corps (NCC) while their National Anthems were rendered. As a souvenir of the beautiful journey of the Queens Baton Relay 2010 Delhi, replicas of the baton were presented to the contingents.

Students from various schools from the city, prominent among them were Montfort & Red Roses Public School, were given an opportunity to visit the Games Village along with their teachers and they also performed live for the delegates.

The delegations were extremely impressed with the collage of musical styles and dances displayed by the children, who were also cheered on by a large contingent of volunteers and other Games Village staff.

Contingents from African Nations Performance by Montfort & Red Roses Public School