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yaseer
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.

The official Website (http://www.cwgdelhi2010.org/)

yaseer
September 21, 2010, 09:50 PM
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.


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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.''



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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A spokeswoman for Athletics Australia, Erin Carter, said: "This is the first athlete who has withdrawn for health and safety reasons and we are not aware that any other competitors are planning to pull out.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.

Link to the News (http://www.smh.com.au/sport/delhi-in-doubt-over-safety-fears-20100921-15lgf.html)

yaseer
September 21, 2010, 10:06 PM
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.

Full News... (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/9018515.stm)

deshifan
September 22, 2010, 12:48 AM
This is pathetic ! Indian organizers are becoming a laughingstock ahead of this big event.

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.


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/thereporters/soutikbiswas/2010/09/are_the_delhi_games_doomed.html

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Salvage-Indias-pride-postpone-CWG-to-2011/articleshow/6605323.cms

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/22/world/asia/22india.html?_r=1&ref=world

yaseer
September 22, 2010, 03:18 AM
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.

Link to the news (http://www.smh.com.au/sport/games-roof-collapse-report-20100922-15mt4.html)

deshifan
September 22, 2010, 04:18 AM
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

:D

_Rafi_
September 22, 2010, 07:09 AM
Now we will be inspired by this. Lotus can make Indian example to defend his failure in upcoming cricket WC.

yaseer
September 22, 2010, 07:22 AM
^^ It will be very difficult to beat India here, even in Lotus's standard. Everything is collapsing and teams are making U-turn.

Beamer
September 22, 2010, 11:44 AM
It should be re-named Commonpoverty games.

Habib
September 22, 2010, 11:59 AM
^^ 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.

Rabz
September 22, 2010, 12:58 PM
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.

Beamer
September 22, 2010, 01:37 PM
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..L-)

ialbd
September 22, 2010, 01:56 PM
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 ....

Rabz
September 22, 2010, 02:23 PM
NEWSWEEK has a small article about it this week. One supplier apparently charged $90 per roll of toilet paper, and got away with it..L-)

Apparently, some other vendors also charged Rs 4 Lacs for an A/C and Rs 9 Lacs for a treadmill !!!!

Tiger Manc
September 23, 2010, 08:04 AM
The whole preparation of the games has been a farce bbc has pictures of some of the facilities and they are disgusting.

yaseer
September 23, 2010, 08:12 AM
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.

LINK TO MORE PHOTOS (http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/commonwealth_games/delhi_2010/9025907.stm)

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/49213000/jpg/_49213363_bed466.jpg

http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/49213000/jpg/_49213364_toilet466.jpg


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_Rafi_
September 23, 2010, 09:53 AM
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!

Nadim
September 23, 2010, 04:06 PM
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&*@*:mad:
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FagunerAgun
September 23, 2010, 07:34 PM
A nation, has been striving for being a 'superpower', needs more than wealth and military power.

ialbd
September 23, 2010, 09:36 PM
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.

Rabz
September 24, 2010, 05:08 AM
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&*@*:mad:
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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.

Habib
September 24, 2010, 05:41 AM
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&*@*:mad:
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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.

Habib
September 24, 2010, 05:48 AM
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.

FagunerAgun
September 24, 2010, 08:20 AM
For the same reason, I do not like TATA bus and trucks in Bangladesh. ;)
But we know BD politicians.....

ialbd
September 24, 2010, 08:54 AM
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.

Nadim
September 27, 2010, 05:25 AM
LOL it only getting worse...

Commonwealth Games - 'Snake found' in athlete's room
http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/26092010/58/commonwealth-games-snake-found-athlete-room.html

yaseer
September 27, 2010, 05:35 AM
"It's a world class facility with some minor issues and work is going on to fix those problems."

And the minor issues are -

The troubled Commonwealth Games in Delhi has encountered more problems with a snake reportedly found in the room of one of the athletes.

"When I sat down on my bed to take a rest, it collapsed," he told the Times of India.

Haire eendia...!! :-D

Neel Here
September 28, 2010, 05:04 PM
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!
not a question of ability, delhi has hosted asiads and similar sized games before without any problem. this time it was the bunch of people given charge.
when suresh kalmadi (whose name fittingly enough, can be re-arranged to 'sir u made lakhs' :D ) was given the responsibility everyone knew what would happen. still they have managed to salvage some of it from his grimy hands.

many athletes are fine with the arrangements.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11415577

to get an idea of their corruption
It took seven years and Rs. 5 crore for a company to build a Foot Over Bridge (FOB) near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which then collapsed. The Indian Army, which was called in to salvage the Delhi's pride and build a temporary FOB, has done the same job in four days flat and at a fraction of the original cost.

btw, do keep in mind that some western media(and athletes) would go overboard in trying to show those dirty third worlders in a bad light. especially so from australia since they lost the bid to delhi :D
so don't believe everything they say. much is true but much is just opportunistic garbage. some of the 'shocking' pictures above are from before the rooms were given a last scrub and handed over to the foreign teams. that is just cheap from the contingents. :mad:
team wales had some pics of their rooms on their FB page. it doesn't look half bad IMO.
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case in point, the 'security breach' exposed by australia's channel 7
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the sports and transport infra is quite decent btw, I hope it is kept in good shape after the games are over and not allowed to decay like what happened after the asiad.
the delhi metro is quite advanced and compares favourably with most metros around the world (including the one we have in kolkata :( though that might change when the second line starts working ) and more importantly is quite cheap. the airport has had a new terminal that is one of the largest in asia and is fairly impressive.

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to top it all with some CWG jokes.
http://www.thefurobiker.com/2010/09/cwg-jokes-kalmadi-jokes.html :lol:

Terrorists set to skip CWG 2010 citing unlivable conditions and fear for their safety.
:floor:
Prince Charles is actively convincing the Queen to visit dengue hit Delhi, this may be his last chance to become the king!

FagunerAgun
October 3, 2010, 08:13 PM
The opening ceremony looks great...professionally done.

Habib
October 3, 2010, 09:28 PM
^So can we say that the western media overexaggarated the problems?

Naimul_Hd
October 3, 2010, 11:53 PM
India is targeting second place with 100 medals ahead of England. quite high ambition from indian officials, i must say.

Any chance of wining any medals for us this time ?? /:)

Neel Here
October 4, 2010, 05:59 AM
for all the madness before the games started, I'm mostly satisfied with the ceremony and I think the rest of the games would go fine as well. we are after all living proof of the cliche that there is order in chaos ! :-p
the aerostat idea was genius !

a few shots from it.
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first part of the opening ceremony. the uploader has rest of it in his profile.
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watch from 6:00 onwards especially the 7 yr old kid at the end. he plays the tabla superbly and even shakes his head like zakir hussain ! :)

my favourite segment was swagatam, the children were a nice touch. 4:35 onwards here
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and continued into the first part of
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since people were comparing with china, I would say that we are quite a bit behind in scale and moolah spent but the common man in India still has pride of place in a glitzy event like this. unlike in china where thousands were thrown out of beijing and hundreds of small shops were closed down as not being impressive enough. I felt the 2008 event also had a bit of "I'm going to conquer you and trample you underfoot, so bow to me" intimidation thing going on which wasn't the case here. there was no overt patriotism on display and thankfully no such arrogance.
I'm also happy with the fact that there has been no effort to put an artifical gloss on proceedings. this is India, the good with the bad, warts and all, WYSIWYG all the way.

the last segment was journey of India and it probably highlights the difference in approach I've written above. participants like these would have been unthinkable in beijing 2008. ;)

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the pak contingent received a big cheer from the crowd but unfortunately their leaders, including the chef de mission were busy fighting on camera on who would carry the flag. you can find that in the video's I posted as well. 4th or 5th one.

Naimul_Hd
October 4, 2010, 06:51 AM
Thanks a lot Neel Dada for your links. But you missed the most important one...Bangladesh ! :)

Here is Bangladesh team for you :)

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Neel Here
October 4, 2010, 07:06 AM
bhai, believe me I really searched for a pic of them. my googling skills need to improve. :(

Tiger444
October 4, 2010, 07:34 AM
Looked like a great opening ceremony..good to see India managed to host this event despite all the chaos..

ialbd
October 4, 2010, 09:32 AM
great pics Neel, need to check the videos later...

hope the spectacle continues throughout the games...

Neel Here
October 5, 2010, 01:52 AM
first medal for BD !
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/gold-rush-for-india-in-cwg-shooting-events/692745/
England's James Huckle and Kenny Parr (1174) won the silver medal while Bangladesh's Abdullah Hel Baki and Md. Asif Hussain Khan (1173) had to be content with bronze. Both teams, however, were far behind the Indian duo of Bindra and Gagan.

medal's tally so farhttp://img718.imageshack.us/img718/3680/tallyi.jpg

Nadim
October 5, 2010, 02:56 AM
Wow!

so close to be 2nd.......

Pairs 10 m Air Rifle Men Finals - Day 2:
1 India 1193.0000
2 England 1174.0000
3 Bangladesh 1173.0000
4 Singapore 1171.0000
5 Australia 1170.0000
6 Malaysia 1162.0000

_Rafi_
October 5, 2010, 03:40 AM
Hopefully Asif gets a gold for us. We wasted so much money on him after his first commonwealth success yet he is unable to bring one more gold for us. He is Ashraful of our Shooting!

Naimul_Hd
October 5, 2010, 07:54 AM
Nice to be on the medal list. But 1/2 Gold would look great !

Habib
October 5, 2010, 10:38 AM
We can hope to win a gold if there's a ludu event.

ialbd
October 5, 2010, 10:51 AM
so there is still a 'possibility' of bagging a gold (in shooting ofcourse) ?

Rabz
October 5, 2010, 02:36 PM
Hopefully Asif gets a gold for us. We wasted so much money on him after his first commonwealth success yet he is unable to bring one more gold for us. He is Ashraful of our Shooting!

Dont forget the beat up he received which ruined his career.
We are lucky that he is still shooting medals.

Best of luck to him.
Inshallah he's gonna bag us a gold.

FagunerAgun
October 5, 2010, 08:38 PM
Asif, bring a gold for us. Yes, you can.

Neel Here
October 6, 2010, 04:22 AM
asif came 9th in the 10m rifles singles event.
http://results.cwgdelhi2010.org/en/Comp.mvc/Info/ResultList/SHM101900

interestingly olympic gold medalist abhinav bindra lost the gold in his strong event (10 m air rifle) to narang, who broke his own world record in the process.

Neel Here
October 6, 2010, 04:23 AM
btw, we should look to introduce kabadi in CWG, if lawn bowling can be an event, kabadi can surely be.

yaseer
October 6, 2010, 06:41 AM
9th!! Very sad.....also goes away our chances to win some more medals.

Naimul_Hd
October 6, 2010, 07:01 AM
Asif and Ashraful are synonyms. They shine only on their Eid days !

_Rafi_
October 6, 2010, 07:03 AM
As I said, Asif isn't the one we can rely! Rabz vai, Asif was inconsistent even before the beating. I'm actually looking for what Ratna can do. She is a good shooter and much more consistent in her scoring.

tiger1000
October 6, 2010, 11:57 AM
http://results.cwgdelhi2010.org/en/Participant.mvc/ParticipantInfo/89e89a40-30e4-4ab5-b225-d7cb488b92fc

is that information correct if it is he is very tall for his weight he is about 4 inches taller than a average Welterweight boxer.

Tiger444
October 7, 2010, 01:55 PM
good to see BD winning a medal even though its a bronze..its still good for us though..Australia is destroying the competition as usual..and England is far away at 2nd..India not doing bad but should aim for 2nd place since the games are in India..

Neel Here
October 8, 2010, 06:56 AM
medals tally so far.
http://img828.imageshack.us/img828/9978/tallyr.jpg

I would be very happy if we cross 30 golds and 75 in total, irrespective of overall position.

Neel Here
October 10, 2010, 01:48 AM
medals tally as of now.
http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/8484/tallyy.jpg