8 February at the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum was inaugurated a series of functions dedicated to the Sochi Winter Olympics.
A special procession, comprising over twenty Russians wearing sports suits with national and Olympic symbols and famous Indian sportsmen, took part at the Roerich Road of the capital of Kerala, announcing the inauguration of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The programme continued at the Russian Cultural Centre. Honorary Consul of the Russian Federation and the Director of the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum Mr. Ratheesh C. Nair welcomed the gathering.
The ceremony went on with the solemn lightening of the Olympic torch installed at the Roerich art gallery of the Russian Cultural Centre.
In his inaugural speech Chief guest of the function Chief Executive Officer of the National Games Organizing Committee Mr. Jacob Punnoos said that molding a healthy new generation must be the priority of any nation. “Sports play an important role in the process of making healthy citizen. Russia’s contribution in the field of sports is great. Today I am happy to congratulate all the Russians that the Winter Olympics – 2014 have been successfully launched”, he said.
Former captain of the Indian national volleyball team, Arjuna Awardee Mr. K. Udayakumar and Secretary, Sports Council of Kerala Mr. Abdul Rassak were also present.
The flame in the torch will remain till February 23. The programme was widely covered by local media.
More various functions highlighting the Sochi Winter Olympics are to be held at schools, organizations related to spots and of course at the Russian Cultural Centre in Trivandrum.