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Brekkie Boy

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  1. You know when people bring race into it they've lost the argument. If these things weren't there for the Western media to find, they couldn't be reported.
  2. 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.
  3. Hasn't the Baton been on the road for well over a year for some ridiculous reason. Think they definately need to look at scaling that back!
  4. So turns out Indian's standard of hygiene aren't that different after all then!
  5. 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.
  6. 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.)
  7. 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.
  8. The CBC schedule: http://www.cbc.ca/commonwealthgames/schedule/streaming-broadcast.html
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. So have TV deals been struck other than in Australia where GO! and Fox Sports will be covering it. (Fox Sport's and Nine (who run GO!) have the Olympic rights).
  13. Turns out they got New Delhi and New York mixed up then!
  14. Except now it'll have a hideous red steel tower in the middle.
  15. It would be like when England didn't qualify for Euro 2008, with comments on how they'd have won the thing if they were actually there.
  16. Finally after months of denying it was a done deal confirmation today the BBC are looking to broadcast the Commonwealth Games as usual. http://www.ofcom.org.uk/consult/condocs/commonwealth/
  17. Something they could do without in the run up to Delhi, though IMO it looks a rather isolated incident. http://www.news.com.au/world/eight-hurt-in-bomb-blasts-at-indian-cricket-stadium/story-e6frfkyi-1225855037277
  18. Though technically Wembley rejected the Olympics (well, athletics) rather than the other way round. If Meadowlands could be converted for athletics it seems the best option - but also probably means it's regular tenants are locked out of their own stadium for the best part of a year.
  19. Playing football on that pitch must be a nightmare. Instead of ball boys, do they have divers?
  20. Exactly - and we all loved the idea of a landmark tower/sculpture as a permanent legacy too. Trouble is the people who moan about everything means concerns about this tower, both from fans and critics, are just dismissed out of hand and the marketing jargon is taken as truth - we will like it whether we want to or not. Now, sometimes that's a great attitude to have, as the 2012 logo proves - a couple of years on I think a lot of people wonder what all the fuss was about! In this situation, I'm not so sure. Does this tower have to go through planning before it can get built, or was outline planning for an unspecified tower granted beforehand allowing them to build any monstrosity on the site?
  21. Firstly of course it all comes down to personal opinion, and I'm sure there are still people within the IOC who would get blinded by the idea of a Hollywood Olympics, whether it's the right choice or not. And secondly, it all comes down to who wins what. Yes, hypothetically Berlin and Paris may be your preferred choice for the games, but if one of them wins 2020 or 2024, that would change your views were LA bidding for the next games. Back to New York and what really works in their favour IMO is there lack of history bidding. Some cities just look desperate when they're always putting their hat into the ring - but New York hasn't got a history of doing that, so when they do bid, you know they're pretty serious about it.
  22. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't right in the heart of the games - it would probably look slightly better if it could be seen in the distance from the Olympic Stadium rather than right next to it. I share concerns about the Cauldron too - would have been much better the money used to finance a cauldron tower which would have a lasting legacy as a high rise viewing platform, not that one is needed in that part of London.
  23. LOL - we've all been there. A video - nut quite so hideous in 3D, but I still think it confirms what we've always known - Boris Johnson is mad!
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