V. V. Subrahmanyam
HYDERABAD: There will be 1300 medals in all at stake in the fourth Military World Games to be held in City and in Mumbai from October 14 to 21. And how many of the 6000 athletes will be the proud winners of them can well be anybody’s guess considering the high-voltage contests that are expected during the eight-day mega sporting event, said to be the biggest sporting show ever in India.
This because these Games are dubbed as the second biggest ever after Olympics in sports history, insists Col. Sanjay Khanna, spokesperson of the Games from 54 Infantry Division.
“The beautifully designed medals (made in the Government of India mint – Mumbai) will have the Games logo on one side and the event title on the reverse and are made of copper nickel alloy with plating of 99 gold (23 Carat) for gold, silver rhodium having 92.5 purity for silver medals and copper oxidized for bronze medals. And each of them weight less than 50 gms and will be invariably draped in half-blue and half-white ribbons at the presentation ceremonies,” Sanjay Khanna explains.
It is not just these medals that should adorn the cupboards of all the medallists but the specifically designed certificates too should be worth possessing after competing with some of the best in the business from across the world as 100 countries have already confirmed participation. If everything goes as per the plans of the organisers, 25 per cent of the participants should be Olympic medallists and that should ensure a stunning fare for the sports-crazy Hyderabadis, especially in athletics, boxing and shooting where they should be really dominant, says Sanjay Khanna. For these certificates have the stamp of the authority of the big bosses of the Conseil Internationale Du Sport Militaire (CISM – the French acronym of the international military sports body).
By all means, the might of the military world should be well and truly reflected right through the Games.
And, the capacity crowd, expected to assemble for the grand opening programme, can well be taken into a sea of world armies when these 100 countries’ athletes line up during the march-past in their best of colourful uniforms.
Should be a breathtaking sight for the Hyderabadis!