Postcard from Glasgow: Close encounters

Postcard from Glasgow: Close encounters
An athlete from Grenada walking near the Singapore women’s 4x100m relay squad, who are relaxing on the lawns of the Athletes’ Village in Glasgow.

If a single image sums up the essence of the Commonwealth Games, it is the sight of language and cultural barriers being broken down in the Athletes' Village.

Under an idyllic Glasgow summer sun, sportsmen and women from across the world swop stories, pins and - in some cases - phone numbers.

When The Straits Times visited the village square in the 35ha facility yesterday, an Australian athlete tapped on a bongo as some Jamaicans jiggled their hips, watched by a handful of boisterous Fijians.

It is yet another reminder of how sport is truly a universal language. Let us hope the camaraderie endures after the medals are handed out.

This article was first published on July 24, 2014.
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