V.V. Subrahmanyam

Digital clock unveiled depicting the 200-day countdown for the event

  • 200 service personnel march towards Lumbini Park with torch
  • Enthusiastic crowds turn out at the Sanjiviah Park

    HYDERABAD: The countdown seems to have truly begun for the 4th World Military Games to be held in the city from October 14 this year.

    The unveiling of the digital clock depicting the 200-day countdown and the flagging off the torch-lit run by Governor Rameshwar Thakur were quite befitting for the occasion.

    The enthusiasm of the big crowd that turned out at the Sanjiviah Park was a fair indication of the eagerness of the sports-loving fraternity to get set for the biggest sporting spectacle ever in Hyderabad.

    The torch-lit run was a pleasing sight as about 200 service personnel marched towards Lumbini Park with a big motorcade accompanying them. And, more interestingly, the military trucks, escorting the runners, also resembled the tableaux as some of the disciplines which feature in the Military Games were on show with boxers, hockey players and shooters indulging in `mock' competitions on the trucks. Maj. Gen. Anil Chait, VSM, GOC, HQ 54 Infantry Division, explained the details of the programme to the Governor.

    Lending a celebrity touch from the sports world was former All England champion Pullela Gopichand. So did the Military Pipe and the Jazz Bands delighting the audience with some of the popular numbers before the actual show began.

    The Governor hoped that the synergy of the Indian Armed Forces and the State Government officials would ensure that the Military Games, first time being held outside Europe, would be a grand success.

    Pat for State

    Giving a pat to the State Government's efforts to make the event a big success, the Governor said given the efforts and the enthusiasm, Hyderabad should be ready to host the Olympics in future. By all means, the message from the Defence authorities is loud and clear- Come October and they are ready for the Military Games.