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Old September 21, 2010, 09:29 PM
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Delhi is the host of Commonwealth Games 2010 which is going to be held on 3-14 October 2010. Let us use this thread to share news, views and discussion about the games.

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Old September 21, 2010, 09:50 PM
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Delhi in doubt over safety fears
Matt Wade IN DELHI, Daniel Lane and Tom Reilly
September 22, 2010

THE viability of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi has again been thrown into question after a footbridge near the main stadium collapsed, injuring more than 20 people, and Australia's world champion discus thrower, Dani Samuels, withdrew over security and health concerns.

And in another blow to the credibility of the event, a senior Games official made a withering attack on standards in the athletes' village.



Indian workers gather after a footbridge collapsed at the Jawaharlal Stadium. Photo: AFP


In unprecedented criticism of Delhi's facilities, the president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Fennell, said the newly built village had been seriously compromised and conditions in the residences had "shocked the majority" of overseas officials.


His concerns were echoed by New Zealand's chef de mission, who raised the possibility that the event would have to be cancelled.

"The reality is that if the village is not ready and athletes can't come, the implications are that it's not going to happen," Dave Currie said. ''I think they are in severe difficulties … it's going to be extremely hard to get across the line.''




Cranes remove debris of the collapsed. Photo: AP

While Australian officials have described the conditions for athletes as "very dirty" and raised concerns about poor communications within the village, the Herald understands these will not stop the planned arrival of athletes in Delhi from next Monday.

But other athletes may decide to follow Samuels's lead and turn their back on the Games.

A spokeswoman for Athletics Australia, Erin Carter, said: "This is the first athlete who has withdrawn for health and safety reasons and we are not aware that any other competitors are planning to pull out. But I suppose there are 10 days to go before it all begins so we'll have to wait and see.''
Indian workers dismantle the collapsed footbridge at the Jawaharlal Stadium.

Indian workers dismantle the collapsed footbridge at the Jawaharlal Stadium. Photo: AFP

Samuels's coach, Denis Knowles, said her withdrawal was ''not an easy decision'' and was due in part to the recent shooting of two tourists in the Indian capital and an outbreak of dengue fever.

Officials from the Scottish, Canadian and Northern Irish teams have also complained about conditions in the village. Some reportedly described the residences as ''unliveable''.

The Games have been plagued by construction delays and allegations of corruption.

Mr Fennell went over the head of the Games organising committee and sent a letter raising his concerns to the Indian government's top official, the Cabinet Secretary, K. M. Chandrashekar, who visited the village yesterday to assess the problems.

The chief executive of the federation, Mike Hooper, told the Herald yesterday that about three-quarters of the village was "just filthy" and the need for electrical and plumbing maintenance was widespread.

"There has been some improvement in the village in the past four or five days but not enough to welcome all the athletes of the Commonwealth,'' he said.

The Australian chef de mission, Steve Moneghetti, who is due to fly from Melbourne to India next weekend, said organisers had ''two days to do what is probably going to take about two weeks'' to fix the village, which he said was ''probably not up to Western standards''.

But Perry Crosswhite, the head of the Australian Commonwealth Games Association, remains keen to see the troubled event go ahead.

A spokesman for the association said last night: ''After the meeting of the various chef de missions that are already there this morning, Perry says the attitude among the delegates was that they are committed to do everything they can to make the Games work''.

The vice-chairman of the organising committee, Randhir Singh, said: ''I can assure everyone there is no cause for worry.''

''We are working round the clock to take care of any problems. When the athletes arrive here they will find an excellent facility.''

Organisers have reportedly employed 800 workers for cleaning and maintenance at the village.

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Old September 21, 2010, 10:06 PM
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England and Scotland raise doubts over Commonwealths

England and Scotland's Commonwealth Games teams are concerned the poor quality of the athletes' village in Delhi may put the whole event in doubt.

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This is pathetic ! Indian organizers are becoming a laughingstock ahead of this big event.

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LONDON: A trio of top British athletes, including injured Olympic 400 metres champion Christine Ohuruogu, pulled out of the troubled Commonwealth Games in India on Tuesday.
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NEW DELHI: Day after New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie expressed his disappointment over Commonwealth Games village, the country's Prime Minister John Key said there is no point in sending athletes to Delhi for the Commonwealth Games.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/thereport...es_doomed.html

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/wo..._r=1&ref=world
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Games roof collapse: report
September 22, 2010 - 6:10PM

Part of the ceiling of the new Commonwealth Games weightlifting venue in New Delhi has reportedly collapsed.


New Delhi television station NDTV says it has a report of the collapse of the ceiling at the newly-built venue.

It comes a day after a pedestrian over-bridge collapsed yesterday at the nearby Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.

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Old September 22, 2010, 04:18 AM
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The wittiest comment I found in TOI website comes from Shankar in Delhi

I think ISI is behind this.. they are working hard to defame india

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Now we will be inspired by this. Lotus can make Indian example to defend his failure in upcoming cricket WC.
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Old September 22, 2010, 07:22 AM
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^^ It will be very difficult to beat India here, even in Lotus's standard. Everything is collapsing and teams are making U-turn.
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It should be re-named Commonpoverty games.
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^^ It will be very difficult to beat India here, even in Lotus's standard. Everything is collapsing and teams are making U-turn.
Not really. Hosting Just a few matches of cricket WC & hosting a huge event like Commonwealth games aren't the same. BD don't even have the capability to host Asian games successfully.
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The Commonwealth games are turning to be a massive joke and the indians the laughing stock.
I was reading in some newspaper few days back that there were reports of masssiveeee corruption within the organising committee.
Should be a national disgrace for the whole indians.
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The Commonwealth games are turning to be a massive joke and the indians the laughing stock.
I was reading in some newspaper few days back that there were reports of masssiveeee corruption within the organising committee.
Should be a national disgrace for the whole indians.
NEWSWEEK has a small article about it this week. One supplier apparently charged $90 per roll of toilet paper, and got away with it..
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the official event song by AR Rahman was well below par by his standard...

i guess things just went downwards since that. Indian govt should have been in more control of the organization. Commonwealth games might not be that big a deal for England, Australia, Canada but its pretty big for the sub-continent ....
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NEWSWEEK has a small article about it this week. One supplier apparently charged $90 per roll of toilet paper, and got away with it..
Apparently, some other vendors also charged Rs 4 Lacs for an A/C and Rs 9 Lacs for a treadmill !!!!
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The whole preparation of the games has been a farce bbc has pictures of some of the facilities and they are disgusting.
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Shocking and Disgusting!!!!! Total shame and embarrassment for India.

The full extent of the poor conditions at the Commonwealth Games athletes' village in India has been exposed in photographs seen by BBC Sport.

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Ja paros na baba ta korte jas ken. India te dekhi obosta BD er chaite kharap. They are arranging Ind vs Aus during Commonwealth games too. What a mess!
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cant they just postponed it??

this is just bad..not only created a bad image about india...it will also have a huge affect to other sub continant country...now coz of india i dont see any country from sub-continant will host commenwealth game for next 50 yrs minimum. @sh&*@*

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A nation, has been striving for being a 'superpower', needs more than wealth and military power.
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the western media (read British newspaper and tabloids) will always be breathing on your neck. They tried to get a dirt on China during Beijing 2008 olympic.... but China did a fabulous job responding to them (or a fabulous job concealing)....

too bad India couldnt respond well and as nadim mentioned this puts a label on the whole sub-continent.
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cant they just postponed it??

this is just bad..not only created a bad image about india...it will also have a huge affect to other sub continant country...now coz of india i dont see any country from sub-continant will host commenwealth game for next 50 yrs minimum. @sh&*@*

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Dont worry, none of the other countries from the sub continent would have the ability to host commonwealth games in the first place.

The only one who could actually hold and holding, made a mess of it.
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cant they just postponed it??

this is just bad..not only created a bad image about india...it will also have a huge affect to other sub continant country...now coz of india i dont see any country from sub-continant will host commenwealth game for next 50 yrs minimum. @sh&*@*

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Heh. As if any country from subcontinent would have been ready to host Commonwealth games in 50 years even if there was no bad image about India.
BTW this event should be cancelled. It's a prestigious event which India still isn't ready to host & won't be for some years to come.
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the western media (read British newspaper and tabloids) will always be breathing on your neck. They tried to get a dirt on China during Beijing 2008 olympic.... but China did a fabulous job responding to them (or a fabulous job concealing)....

too bad India couldnt respond well and as nadim mentioned this puts a label on the whole sub-continent.
Comparing China's hosting ability with India's hosting ability is an insult to China TBH.
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For the same reason, I do not like TATA bus and trucks in Bangladesh.
But we know BD politicians.....
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Comparing China's hosting ability with India's hosting ability is an insult to China TBH.
my comparison is actually regarding certain aspects only. China dazzled the world with futuristic stadiums and sports complex and the worlds largest LCD screen and what not. No one is expecting anything close to that for the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

But a clean, organized athlete's village? i think that was do-able esp when India has the same cheap labor as China. I am just tired of western media portraying a 'dirty' image of the sub-continent every time.
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