London mayor hands Olympic cauldron petals to India

New Delhi,Sports, Mon, 26 Nov 2012 IANS

New Delhi, Nov 26 (IANS) London Mayor Boris Johnson Monday personally delivered a memento, copper petals from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games cauldron, to India's medal?winning athletes at a function here.

Every country which competed at the London Games was represented by a copper petal on the cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick. The petals are now being offered to each country as a legacy of their sporting achievements, and will be delivered around the globe before the end of the year.

In total, 204 Olympic petals and 164 Paralympic petals will be offered to competing nations.

Johnson Monday met V.K. Malhotra, acting president of the Indian Olympic Association, bronze medal winning boxer M.C. Mary Kom and silver medallist pistol shooter Vijay Kumar to present the petals at a ceremony hosted by the British High Commission.

"It's a wonderful honour for me to present these beautiful petals to India as a fitting memento of the achievements of Indian athletes in London this summer," Johnson said.

"The iconic, graceful Olympic cauldron is a potent symbol of the best of British engineering and design, and represents exactly the sort of skills we have to offer the rest of the world, in particular in emerging export markets such as India."

"As mayor, welcoming the world to our fantastic city for the Games was the experience of a lifetime. It's a pleasure to be able to bring these petals to Delhi as a gift from London to thank India for being part of our unforgettable summer," Johnson said.

India's petals were the third set to be presented. The first were handed over by Sebastian Coe, chairperson of the London Games organising committee, to the British Olympic Association, and the second to Brazil.

About 100 school children from Delhi took part in the handover ceremony.

The London mayor is on a five?day visit to India, accompanied by a delegation of top business people, to promote London as the destination of choice for investors and international trade. He will also visit Hyderabad and Mumbai.



Read More: Brazil | Delhi High Court | Vijay Nagliya | Vijay Sirohi Nagar Ndtso | Hyderabad Colony Ndtso | New Hyderabad Po | Vijay Laxmi Nagar | Vijay Nagar | Vijay Garh | Boris | Vijay Nagar Colony | Hyderabad Gpo | State Bank Of Hyderabad | Hyderabad Jubilee Ho | Hyderabad Public School | St. Thomas Town P.o. | Mary Land | CCMB Hyderabad | Osmania University Hyderabad | All India Tennis Association

LATEST IMAGES
Dr. Farooq Abdullah at New Delhi World Book Fair 2014 Shahnawaz Hussain address at a Hawkers Dharna DPCC President Arvinder Singh Lovely meets LG Najib Jung Gopal Rai address Training program conducted by AAP Delhi CM promises to hike fair in favor of auto-rickshaw drivers
MORE...
Social bookmark this page



Post comments:
Your Name (*) :
Your Email :
Your Phone :
Your Comment (*):
  Reload Image
 
 

Comments: