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NGO brings in kids to fill CWG stadia seats
New Delhi, OCT 10 (AGENCIES):
Published on 11 Oct. 2010 12:07 AM IST
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For Commonwealth Games, 2010, Delhi prepared itself well and after overcoming the long drawn controversies, the national capital seemed finally ready to host the Games. Be it the venues, the city or its people, everything seemed like it was finally in place. And just when it seemed like everything was coming together controversy reared its ugly head yet again. The Games were on but no one was watching. Even Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Mike Fennell expressed his anxiety in this matter, “We are worried about lack of people attending the events.” But where there’s a problem, there’s also a solution. After a brainstorming session by the Organising Committee, an NGO was roped in and hundreds of underprivileged children were given free tickets to attend the athletic events at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. Interestingly, when this NGO in question had approached the Organising Committee (OC) earlier for tickets, they were not entertained. But on Monday, the OC did an about turn and 700 passes were handed over to the NGO. As for the children, watching Indian and international athletes live in action is something that they will cherish throughout their lives but for the OC, giving them these complementary tickets has taken care of their biggest worry -- filling up empty seats.

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