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Brekkie Boy

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  1. Not choosing sports is VERY important. It provides logical continuity, with athletes being able to defend their win from the previous games etc. It also enables the Commonwealth Games to logically grow, starting with like 18 sports then growing in future, perhaps to the scale of the Olympics when ready.

    Naturally, this will only be in the number of sports, the capacities of venues should be within the region that most bid cities could make.

    I'd probably scrap Cricket and Equestrian for the meantime, but who knows? It's possible.

    So let the 2018 edition be the last of the classic Commonwealth Games, the 2022 will be radically changed with a dedicated sports lineup that any bid city must propose to the best of their ability. The use of small capacity venues will be considered, especially for cities in which the sports are not so popular. A smaller sized main venue should be offered by the CGF. The use of temporary venues will be looked favorably upon, especially for unpopular sports or where an existing indoor venue is unavailable.

    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.

    Whilst it's not attracted any votes so far what about the merits of switching the games to a non-Olympic year? If there was an agreement for the games slated for 2022 forward 1 year using a host with signficant pre-existing infrastructure that could give the games some clear air. 2019 would be too soon after Gold Coast/Hambantota plus would run into conflict with the RWC and the IAAF World Championships. 2021 would follow neatly after the 2020 SOGs giving some major Commonwealth athletes the chance for one last hurrah before retirement plus giving a usually fallow year some decent sporting activity.

    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. 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.

  3. Shock! Horror! Amazement!


    Someone contact the Delhi 2010 security coordination team and ask them how a crowd of spectators slipped into a venue and actually came to see a sporting contest...

    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.

  4. 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.

  5. It was confirmed by the Australian swimmers in the 4x100m relay (D'Osogna) that they were moths...or at least it was moths blocking their lane before the beginning of the race.

    Also swarms of moths taken residence in the long jump pits apparently.


    Yeah i know this is from a link posted some posts ago but...what the f***? :blink: This is even worse than the state of our football field back when we hosted the Pan Ams in 1983...at least we had a world class athletics track. Wasnt the track ready before the OC. How come this happened? o.o

    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.

  6. With all of the problems that India has in hosting the Commonwealth Games with its "crumbling" and dysfunctional facilities, transport, and athletes villages, I'd be very curious to read about what the networks that cover the Games from the CBC to Prime/Sky Sport on the pressing issues with them, even wondering why were this year's games held there in the first place.

    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.

  7. I was trying to watch the events in Youtube, but the Delhi 2010 channel haven't uploaded avy competition video after the Opening Ceremony :blink:

    I guess they probably don't have the rights as individual broadcasters are responsible in each country.

    Ok, someone needs to explain to me the anatomy of a track.

    I see in Delhi that the track was in place before hand and it was covered up for the ceremony.

    In Atlanta it also seemed to be hiding under a blue tarp or something and revealed for the parade.

    But in Athens and Beijing it was no where to be seen and they had huge holes in the ground for elaborate sets, so I am guessing it wasn't underneath.

    Did they have to lay asphalt on top of that and spray it to make the lines?

    Or does the track come in some sort of tile form that is reassembled?

    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.

  8. At least with the Olympics there will be thousands of Japanese, Chinese, Australians, Americans, Canadians, Brits, French and Germans. With the commies its just a few hundred from the major nations.

    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.

    What does this mean? That the tickets are sold out but people aren't showing?

    Or they were acquired by businesses and not used up?

    Or people didn't get passed security?

    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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

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