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Brekkie Boy

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  1. Completely disagree with that - and you're forgetting one important thing, it's not the same host every year. The ability to switch sports in and out of the games is crucial to the Commonwealth Games IMO and enables organisers to see what works and what doesn't, and also games to be tailored to local needs too. About half of the sports are compulsory anyway, and probably in reality only 2-3 sports vary from games to games anyway - and nobody particularly misses the ones that aren't there. Stupid idea - pointless to say the least, and the Winter Olympics isn't a factor at all in the Commonwealth Games. The games are pretty crucially positioned mid-Olympic cycle and generally ahead of the World championships in a pre-Olympic year for most sports, they are an important part of the Olympic cycle for many athletes and countries.
  2. However much they make/lose, it's pretty clear the cost of not making changes to the CWG Fed will ultimately lead to a much higher price to pay.
  3. Agree with Mo Rush on this one. Most options listed in the poll wouldn't make the difference - and may just be changes for changes sake, but the main thing from it is that the way the CWG Federation runs needs to be changed - in many ways it's an amateur board running in professional times. Now, we're not saying it needs to be IOC in scale - not at all, but it needs to be redefined both to ensure host cities are on track for the games, and also to ensure Commonwealth cities want to be bidding to host the games. Downsizing the games significantly wouldn't be actually getting to the cause of the problems at all - Delhi would have been as much a shambles if it was one sport, never mind 17.
  4. It's CGI surely! As for the scoreboard collapse, considering the crowds we had been seeing does it really make a difference the event wasn't underway. To be fair though the crowds have improved significantly over the last couple of days - the commentators are now usually complaining about them making too much noise at crucial points in proceedings.
  5. Crowds seemed to be better today, but the Delhi Belly dominating headlines at the swimming with around 40 Australian and English athletes affected. Athletics - main Delhi fault was the long jump take-off board slipping in the decathlon. Was also an issue with blocks slipping in the Mens 100m, though officially athletes are responsible for their own blocks. However it can't be ruled out the issue was caused by the blocks or the track itself. And one from yesterday - athletes led out in the hammer with the name of their event on a placard - the "HAMMER THORW". And sporting wise a controversy not really related to Delhi - could have happened anywhere, but the Womens 100m champion disqualified for an earlier false start. After a failed first attempt, England's Laura Turner and Australia's Sally Pearson both false started - but at 0.07second Laura Turner was deemed to have false started ahead of Sally Pearson (0.071), so only she was disqualified. Two appeals later though and Sally Pearson was disqualified - though the rules regarding false starts are open to interpretation. However, the right decision IMO as if athletes with a reaction time under 0.1 seconds false start and it's clearly independently of each other, rather than a reaction to the initial false starter, the rules state they should be disqualified.
  6. Also swarms of moths taken residence in the long jump pits apparently. Unbelievable though it was very much fit for purpose today. Apart from the odd patch where the shading in the track showed they'd repaired it, it was good to go. Actually odd though now to see a red track - getting used to them being blue recently.
  7. The BBC tackling it head on - concentrating on the sport, but such issues get reported on and then put in context. And thank god SISLive (formerly BBC Resources) are responsible for the TV feeds - it's the one thing Delhi is having no problems with.
  8. I guess they probably don't have the rights as individual broadcasters are responsible in each country. I've always assumed the track is just underneath, though I suspect over the years the ceremony floor has changed from being a fairly simple protective cloth to probably some sort of platform to enable things to be raised etc. from the ground.
  9. Would there though? Along with the question over locals being able to attend, with all the uncertainty and terror alerts beforehand, the foreigners were not exactly encouraged to make the trip either. It means the tickets weren't actually physically printed. Had to laugh though today at another of the Indian organisers just flat out denying they'd been a problem with attendance, and saying thousands of people were queuing up to get into venues - there just weren't enough ticket booths to enable them to actually get in! Be interesting to see how full the main stadium is for the next couple of nights - if they ever get the in-field sorted!
  10. It would take a long time before India can convince anyone they're capable of hosting even a small multi-sport event, never mind the Olympics - or indeed Commonwealths - again. Just a farce from beginning to end.
  11. Another thing to add to Delhi's disasters - the 10m Diving Board, well, isn't 10m high! It's allegedly 10.7m high! You really couldn't make it up - indeed Delhi is providing all the material necessary for the BBC's forthcoming spoof on the organising of London 2012. And I don't think anyone has even mentioned how the Mens 4x100m relay had to be delayed today while debris was being cleared out of the pool! On the positive though, the medal ceremonies are hilarious!
  12. According to the swimming commentators on the BBC it's not a case of tickets not being sold - it's a case of tickets not being printed. Friends of there's had tried to get tickets but they literally didn't have the tickets to sell.
  13. In someways better to delay coverage with each break rather than cut chunks out. You'd think though ceremony organisers would do something similar to Eurovision and plan filler segments (like the India promo we saw) where ads can be put in without missing anything crucial. And you just knew they couldn't get to the end without Jai Ho. BBC bored now though and decided to talk over it so they can rush to a conclusion.
  14. This is more like it, though all more cultural than out and out entertaining. Isn't the balloon just serving the same purpose as the thing that was in the middle of the Vancouver stadium for being projected on.
  15. Does every speaker really need to name check the entire audience! And LOL @ Prince Charles - doing exactly the same as the Queen does and getting the message to read out of their pocket once the baton arrives!
  16. Looks like this ceremony is in danger of coming in under the two hour mark!
  17. 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.
  18. Are Australia, New Zealand and Canada anchoring from their respective countries like the BBC, or are any braving it out in Delhi? Must say the BBC coverage seems to lost a lot by being in a studio in London rather than in the city itself. Also like Beijing Huw Edwards and co. ruining the ceremony by just talking through it - they need a serious rethink for London.
  19. 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.
  20. P.S. I don't suppose there is a site similar to the eurovisionsports.tv/olympics site with all available streams of coverage on?
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. Next weeks strike has been called off, so coverage won't be affected.
  24. He's showing he's as bad as the Indian organisers by taking no responsibility at all. He has to go!
  25. 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.
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