Indian hockey goalkeeper P R Sreejesh, relay winners Mohammad Anas and Mohammad Ajmal and silver medalist long jumper Ancy Sojan were among those felicitated.
The volunteers were incredibly friendly, helpful, and always smiling. As their nickname – the little green lotus – suggests, they were the face, soul and heart of the Games. They always wore a smile on their faces and were always willing to help.
The tally of 100-plus medals in the Games appears impressive and brings forth plenty of cheer. However, this should not make us blind to the fact that we are still way behind international standards in most events.