XIX Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010
Mascots are an integral part of the Commonwealth Games since 1978 and are responsible for promoting the event and bring commercial success to the international sporting event.
Mascots for the Commonwealth Games were first introduced by the host city Edmonton in Canada in 1978. The first mascot was Keyano, a Swan Hills grizzly bear. In the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia in 2006, Karak, a red tailed cockatoo black in color, was the mascot.
Shera, a friendly Royal Bengal tiger, takes it over from Karak. The Royal Bengal Tiger is the national animal of India. Shera was first introduced to the people around the globe at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in 2006 held in Australia.
Commonwealth Games Traditions – Official Mascot
Shera, a ‘large-hearted gentleman’
The official mascot for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi is Shera, an anthropomorphised tiger. His name is derived from Sher, a Hindi word meaning tiger. Shera truly represents the modern Indian. He is an achiever with a positive attitude, a global citizen but justifiably proud of his nation’s ancient heritage, a fierce competitor but with integrity and honesty.
Shera is a ‘large-hearted gentleman’ who loves making friends and enthusing people to ‘come out and play’. He is seen in blue shorts and white sporting jersey. He is omnipresent, energising the city and exhorting everyone to make the Games a grand success.
Shera embodies values that the nation is proud of: majesty, power, charisma, intelligence and grace. His athletic prowess, courage and speed on the field are legendary. He is also a reminder of the fragile environment he lives in and our responsibility towards the protection of his ecosystem.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games are the nineteenth Commonwealth Games. The Games are scheduled to be held in Delhi, India between October 3, 2010 and October 14, 2010.
With the launch of the official theme song on August 28, 2010 till the closing ceremony on October 14, 2010, we will bring you a series of articles to cover the games extensively.
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