Today at the Games: Sunday, 29 June 2008

Today marked the final day of the Golden Jubilee Games. In a colourful, vibrant and emotionally charged evening ceremony, thousands of people — including athletes, spectators and members of the Jamat — gathered on the grounds of the Aga Khan Sports Club for the closing.

The Golden Jubilee Games closed with an impressive display of fireworks. Photo: Akber Dewji (Hakim Sons) The Golden Jubilee Games closed with an impressive display of fireworks. Akber Dewji (Hakim Sons)

Today marked the final day of the Golden Jubilee Games. In the morning, spectators and athletes all gathered at the Moi International Sports Centre for the final matches of international volleyball, athletics and badminton. The day was made even more special by the presence of Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya, who watched a portion of the games. Afterward, medallists from every sport gathered at the Nairobi Serena Hotel, where Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya graciously agreed to pose for a picture with the group.

In a colourful, vibrant and emotionally charged evening ceremony, thousands of people, including athletes, spectators and members of the Jamat gathered on the grounds of the Aga Khan Sports Club for the closing of the inaugural Golden Jubilee Games. With Prince Hussain and Princess Khaliya watching, marching bands and performers led the athletes onto the grounds. The athletes had opened the Games representing their distinct countries; now, seven days later, they had come together as one.

A spirited multimedia video presentation highlighted the week long journey through sights and sounds that left the audience with a memorable feeling of harmony and belonging. The inaugural Games were also commemorated with the planting of a baobab tree, strengthened with stones brought from the countries from which the Jamat had come. The Ceremony ended in a colourful display of fireworks, as participants and spectators alike celebrated, dancing under the night sky.