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INDIA Commonwealth Games
October 3-14, 2010   NDTV.COM

Troubles at Delhi Games
22 September 2010 [/b] Concerns mount over Delhi Games as athletes pull out.  False ceiling collapses in main venue of Commonwealth Games in India, a day after bridge crashes down in same area.
Further doubts have been cast over Delhi Commonwealth Games in October after 2 athletes withdrew and others postponed travelling to the event.
The moves come amid heavy criticism of the state of facilities.
Advance teams were shocked by what they saw at the athletes village, where toilets were filthy and flats unfinished.

A footbridge under construction near Nehru Stadium, the main Games venue, collapsed, injuring 27 workers, 5 seriously.
A section of ceiling at the weight-lifting venue fell in, but Indian officials called it minor.
Security fears were heightened when 2 tourists were shot.

Games should not have gone to Delhi

September 24,  2010     Friday

England is the first overseas team to reach Delhi, but other nations have delayed their arrivals.  Team England will stay in a hotel.
Australia's Olympic Committee president has said the Commonwealth Games should not have been awarded to Delhi.
John Coates said the Commonwealth Games Federation lacked the resources to monitor progress and to ensure that construction deadlines were met.

A New Zealand cyclist is the ninth athlete to pull out because of health and safety fears.
Greg Henderson, who has won four medals at previous Games, cancelled on Friday, citing concerns over the state of facilities - a day after four British cyclists withdrew from the 3-14 October competition.
BBC obtained pictures showing flooding, leaking toilets, dirty bathrooms, incomplete apartments and paw prints on beds in the athletes' village.
Delhi Games organisers have drafted in staff from the city's five-star hotels to help the last-minute scramble to get the accommodation ready.

The build-up to the event has been marred by construction delays, corruption scandals, a dengue fever outbreak, the collapse of a footbridge near the main stadium and security fears after Sunday's shooting of two tourists outside Delhi's Jama Masjid mosque.
The Games shouldn't have been awarded to Delhi in hindsight, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates told Australian radio on Friday.

Extensive work still needs to be done on athletes village for October 3 opening

At last the world sees what a filthy nation India is both physically and spiritually, but few will truly see this

September 25,  2010    
Michael Fennell said India had done much to resolve remaining problems.
But he said he was concerned about the safety of athletes and officials.
Competing teams have complained about filthy accommodation and shoddy construction at the sites.
The chaos surrounding the preparations for the Games had done a "lot of damage" to India's international image.

Diplomatic feud  

Sept. 29
The Commonwealth Games quelled a brewing diplomatic feud, saying both Prince Charles and Indian President Pratibha Patil will open the competition.
Queen Elizabeth is skipping the Oct. 3-14 event, Charles is scheduled to speak instead at Sunday's opening ceremony.

The president of India will then deliver her address and signal the commencement of the games.  HUH?    Question

High-profile athletes have already bowed out of the games for various reasons.
Only 200,000 of the 1.7 million tickets for the games have been sold.

More and more athletes are arriving in New Delhi and moving into the athletes village, which was described last week as filthy and uninhabitable.
850 were expected Tuesday.
Team South Africa moves into the athletes village in Delhi.

New Zealand sent its first athletes into their living quarters Sunday night.
The cycling team threatened to go on strike because of a rule that makes athletes accountable for the loss or damage of imported bikes.

Some of the buildings still had leaks and there was still water in some basements.
A 4-foot cobra was found at the tennis stadium. A member of the South African delegation found a snake in a room at the village.

Many of India's beggars have been arrested or forced from the streets, migrants have been rousted and thousands of homes hidden from sight.


Security in top gear as Delhi braces for Games

October  3,  2010     NDTV.COM is carrying headlines

This link is supposed to be the OFFICIAL website - but at dawn in USA the link is down.   Laughing

Thousands of security on high alert at the Commonwealth Games Village and other venues as India prepared for a gala opening on Sunday evening of the 12-day event that has drawn nearly 7,000 athletes and officials from around the world.
With the Delhi government ordering the closure of all shops and commercial establishments, the city embraced an unusual Sunday.
Traffic was thin on the roads as popular markets, which usually draw large crowds on Sundays, attracted no customers.
Only eateries in neighbourhood markets appeared to be open.

Besides the police and paramilitary, there will be UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) looking for possible air intrusions.
Army helicopters Sunday hovered over the Games Village housing the visitors from 71 countries.

Lloyd’s insurers turned down Delhi games
Insurers in the Lloyd’s of London market said they would not provide cover to ticket sellers, broadcasters or merchandise producers for cancellation or disruption of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi due to a lack of information about infrastructure and security threats

New Delhi Goes Into Lockdown for C'Wealth Opener

Commonwealth Games 2010   *  BBC


DENGUE at India's Commonwealth Games

Here is info I have on dengue fever.
It is is the hemorrhagic family .. EBOLA is the worst in that family

Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
The 2010 Commonwealth Games have begun with a spectacular opening ceremony in Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Athletes from the 71 competing nations joined in a parade that began with 2006 hosts Australia and ended with India.
Prince Charles and Indian president Pratibha Patel announced the Games open, but organising committee chair Suresh Kalmadi was jeered by the crowd.

Nigerian wins opening gold

Monday, 4 October 2010

Nigerian lifter wins first gold
Teenage Nigerian weightlifter Augustina Nkem Nwaokolo has won the first gold medal of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi in the women's 48kg division.
The 17-year-old set a new Games record of 175kg after lifting 77kg in the snatch and 98kg in the clean and jerk to upset home favourite Soniya Chanu.

The Indian twice failed to lift the 103kg she needed to take gold and had to settle for silver with 167kg.
Fellow Indian Sandhya Rani finished third with an aggregate of 165kg.

India also took silver and bronze in the men's 56kg category with Sukhen Dey and Srinivasa Rao finishing behind Malaysia's Amirul Hamizan Ibrahim.
Ibrahim won the gold medal in Manchester in 2002 but missed out on defending his title in Melbourne four years later while he served a two-year doping ban.


Contrived bomb threat for publicity?
October  5,  2010    Bomb threat sparks search at Commonwealth Games village
Police are searching the Commonwealth Games village housing 7,000 athletes after a telephone call claiming that a bomb has been placed there.
There has been no evacuation of athletes or officials from the games village.  HELLO?

Delhi Games Tickets giveaway to fill empty arenas
Organisers of the Commonwealth Games in India are handing out free tickets to fill empty arenas.
TV pictures beamed around the world have shown competitors in virtually empty venues in Delhi.
Organisers told a news conference in the capital they hoped to increase attendance through a ticket giveaway to children and the underprivileged.

Nigerian 100m winner has tested postive to a banned stimulant

October 11, 2010

The president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Fennell, has confirmed that the winner of the women's 100m, Oludamola Osayomi has tested positive to a banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

"As far as anti-doping is concerned we have conducted over 950 tests to date and we've had results from just over 700," said Fennell.
"Unfortunately I have to report to you we have had a positive result. This result was in relation to the winner of the women's 100m final, Ms Osayomi from Nigeria. She has been notified in accordance with the anti-doping standard that applies to these Games.


October  14,  2010     Thursday

Commonwealth Games end in New Delhi; Australia top with 74 gold medals

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