Love in the air at National Games

Published: Monday, February 14, 2011, 15:16 [IST]

Tapan Mohanta

Ranchi, Feb 14 (PTI) It''s Valentine''s Day and love is inthe air even in the Khel Gaon of the 34th National Games here.

Housing about 10,000 athletes, officials and thousand-oddvolunteers from different colleges and universities, the GamesVillage provided a different kind of opportunity for the lovebirds who celebrated the occasion.

A member of the Uttar Pradesh aquatics team was seenposing with another member with flowers, while for some it wasabout watching a movie together being shown at the StateMuseum Auditorium.

The movie for the day was Salman Khan-starrer romanticaction movie ''Dabangg''.

"Valentine''s Day is not just about lovers, but it''s alsoabout spreading love and affection. We are here as a family,like brothers and sisters. The occasion is really special andwe are liking it very much here. We are exchanging flowerpots," a woman member of the UP aquatics team told PTI.

It was also a special occasion for them as in the morningsession their diver Himanshu Tiwari won a gold medal.

"We are going to give him a treat this evening. Tiwarihas made our day," swimming coach Prabhat Mishra said.

Busy with their respective commitments, a sporting couplefrom Goa was seen sharing the same plate at Khel Gaon''s diningcomplex known as Food Plaza.

"Every day is a Valentine''s Day for us. Today is nothingspecial. But the atmosphere here is really romantic, we areenjoying every moment here," the couple said.

For 80 volunteers from the Birla Institute of Technology(BIT), Mesra it was not only work but also about expressingfeelings for each other.

"We wished each other and distributed chocolates. It''s afirst time opportunity here and we are liking it," NirajMishra, a final year IT student in BIT Mesra, said.

To make the occasion more memorable, the organisers havealso arranged a musical evening inside the Khel Gaon.

 

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