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Brekkie Boy

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  1. Commercials...

    Thought that would be where you get the ads. You only missed a two minute promo for India anyway!

    BBC commentary, like Beijing, is awful. Huw Edwards, along with Steve Cram and their Asian Correspondent, basically talked through the entire thing - Hazel Irvine was much better in Vancouver. They need a serious rethink for London and return to just one commentator, perhaps bringing in a second for the athletes parade to provide the facts.

  2. Obviously the BBC's word isn't gospel, despite what some might say, but interesting yesterday how their Asia correspondent was saying the Indian press was pretty much leading the criticism of the organising committee (for bringing shame on the country etc.) rather than just passing off the criticism as "Western bias" as the OC have tried to do.

  3. According to morethanthegames.co.uk the whole media system hasn't gone live yet, so don't know if netball is facing similar problems to tennis in people don't know who they're playing or when.

    Also seems a lot of workers, including VIP chauffeurs, going on strike over conditions and pay.

    The BBC preview thought was pretty good and without glossing over the issues fairly positive. How these games could have been lifted though just with the presence of Usain Bolt. I know he never intended to go, but the presence of arguably the most famous Olympian of the moment would really have helped shift the focus onto the sport.

  4. The BBC's coverage looks to be relatively poor this year on network TV at least. Yes, Sky viewers will get the 5-6 streams (Freeview viewers only get an extra one, and no replay at night), but on BBC1/2 themselves there is as little as 7 hours of live coverage a day, with no early morning live coverage of the swimming and athletics heats. They're not even showing the marathon live on network television.

    Although this obviously compares favourably with Canada, compared to PRIME and Ten down under it falls short of their 12-16 hours of network TV coverage a day, and indeed compared to previous games is a notable downsizing of coverage.

  5. I assume Sky Sports in NZ is part of the Murdoch empire, so will it share a lot of it's coverage with Foxtel in Australia, who are offering six channels. Ten is the FTA broadcaster, with ONE simulcasting in HD and showing additional coverage when Ten shows the news from 5-6pm.

    And the BBC as ever is the broadcaster in the UK. Coverage will be anchored in London, though morning heats in swimming and athletics will only be on the red button. Live coverage begins around 8/9am, with highlights from the heats and during the first week, the Track cycling finals. Live coverage continues until Commonwealth Games Report at 5pm, with daily highlights at 7pm. However, a 48-hour strike is planned by BBC staff on 5th/6th October which could hit coverage.

  6. Back to the subject...

    Looks like if you want to go see the OC or CC then seats (well one's that hopefully won't fall apart or be used by stray dogs for rest and defecation) are still available

    That seemed to be the next obvious concern - can the people of Delhi actually afford to go, and with foreign supporters pretty much discouraged in the Western media at least, empty seats seem an inevitability.

  7. The Welsh team have posted some pictures of their facilities and they look pretty nice. It seems there are vast differences between the best apartments and the worst.

    Wonder if they all knew this and the big Western "white" nations all made a fuss in order to get the best apartments!

    Feeling more positive about the event now compared to a few days ago - though the fact remains the village should have been 100% ready at least a fortnight or so out from the games for athletes arriving to take part.

  8. Have we had any reports on the facilities for the media? It looks like the BBC aren't risking it (though a decision made prior to this weeks news) considering the main hosts are in the UK fronting Ryder Cup coverage on Sunday, then hosting Delhi coverage on Monday.

    (Presumably though even though the presenters and studio aren't in Delhi, they'll have commentators and reports there.)

    (Presumably though even though the presenters and studio aren't in Delhi, they'll have commentators and reporters there.)

  9. Nathan Robertson expects Games to run smoothly

    Nathan Robertson expects Games to run smoothly

    I have to say I agree

    London 2012 will have to cross its fingers and hope nothing embarrasses us in the run-up to 2012 we may be ahead with the venues , but there could be plenty of as yet unforeseen problems not to mention unexploded bombs that could go off in our faces if we are complacent.

    There is a huge difference though. Every report on the lead up to Delhi 2010 has (for years) said they are behind schedule, whilst every report I've seen on London says they're well ahead of schedule.

    Plus of course the IOC won't turn up a week before the games to see if everything is finished.

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  10. ...Except that it's a safe assumption that they have raised these concerns months in advance to the New Delhi committee only to be told "don't worry - it will all be fine and we will have it fixed on time."

    OK - admittedly easy to say this in hindsight (I'm sure many of us here who heard such things months ago had heard it all before for previous events which were alright on the night!) but these inspections shouldn't have been about what the Delhi team is telling the CWG Fed - it should be the other way round. I suspect though the CWG Federations resources didn't stretch to monitoring the build up to these games to the extent which was obviously required.

  11. there is a lot of press sensationalism going on - but quite frankly - and quite sadly i have to say that india and delhi have blown it big time. the games will go on but how could this have happened? do the commonwealth games federation not have inspection committees? some responsiblilty must be taken by the commonwealth games federation for allowing such a debacle to unfold in the 1st place! a real shame as i am sure delhi could have staged a great and beautiful event - they may still do but these games have now been well and truely tainted.

    I've posted exactly those sentiments in the other thread. These events aren't just highlighting the inabilities of the Delhi organisers, but of the CWG Federation as a whole.

    Even if they'd had to cancel the event three months out from the games it would have been better PR than we're seeing now. The CWG Federation seem to forget their loyalty is to the games, not to Delhi.

    It's not a case of will they be ready now, it's a case of they're not ready. Athletes always move into the village at least a week prior to the games, so saying it'll be ready for the opening ceremony is basically a failure.

  12. The CWG Federation has a lot to answer for and the buck has to stop with them. The fact is Delhi isn't ready - it's no good saying the athletes village will be finished for the Opening Ceremony when athletes are arriving a fortnight earlier. Add to that legitimate concerns about the construction - and it's a disaster, and a disaster of the CWG's own making.

    We all know the thinking behind choosing Delhi to host the event, and in theory that was a good move - but these problems have been highlighted time and time again over the last couple of years yet the CWG Federation have obviously done nothing to ensure we avoided the outcome we're now seeing. It might have been embarrassing, but cancelling or postponing the games months ahead of their scheduled appearance is far less damaging PR wise than the prospect of them being cancelled - or at least boycotted by many athletes, if not nations - now, and would at least have given them time to come up with a plan B (I've seen Singapore suggested considering they had venues and infrastructure in place for the YOGs).

    As selfish as it may seem, the CWG Federations loyalty is to the games, not the host city - and if the host city was failing time and time again to meet specified deadlines, the CWG Fed shouldn't be afraid to act in the interest of the Commonwealth Games.

    The whole organisation needs to grow up and realise this isn't an "amateur" event, but one they need to look after and treat professionally for it to prosper. Host city choices are obviously limited especially when big cities aren't putting their names forward, but the CWG should be looking at solutions to that problem - for example a partial downsizing or a more effective bidding process (bidding for two games at once for example). They also need to sort the calendar out to stop athletes withdrawing due to the excuse they're out of season. Games in March or October are ridiculous - surely a May to September window can be worked out. It's bound to clash with some international events, but it is in October anyway - so compromises have to be made.

    Basically though although Delhi is obviously far from blameless for this situation, the problems are one of the CWG's own making - and risk killing off the games for good.

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