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Winners & Losers from Delhi 2010

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NZ has just overtaken its Melbourne medal count, is on the brink of winning the most silvers since Auckland 1950 or, equal number of golds from Melbourne.

So much for the Kiwi team falling away. As always, the NZ team's medal count always increases in the last half of the competition.

I think NZ and OZ are going to gift Delhi with some of its most memorable, intense and world class sporting competitions - the sevens, chickies hockey, and im sure - the netball.

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NZ has just overtaken its Melbourne medal count, is on the brink of winning the most silvers since Auckland 1950 or, equal number of golds from Melbourne.

So much for the Kiwi team falling away. As always, the NZ team's medal count always increases in the last half of the competition.

I think NZ and OZ are going to gift Delhi with some of its most memorable, intense and world class sporting competitions - the sevens, chickies hockey, and im sure - the netball.

And it's always great to see the rivalry. As the commentators here said during the hockey final yesterday, NZ could field an Under-12's side against the Hockyroos, and still they'd lift and be competitive against their Trans-Tasman rivals. Nice to think we still bring out the fighting instinct in Kiwis.

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That will without a doubt go down as one of thr grestest netball matches in history! Good on ya girls!

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It has been a successful CWG for the Malaysians... 12 Golds, 10 Silvers and 13 Bronzes.. the most golds ever won. Previously it was 10 golds during KL98.

Golds were from Weightlifting (2), Track Cycling (1), Badminton (4), Squash (1), Shooting (2), Diving (1), and Rhythmic Gymnastics (1).

The lawn bowls team targeted 3 golds and came back with none... very unfortunate for the hot favorites...

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Tiny Singapore just completed its most successful run in the CWG ever. This includes:

- Ranked 8th in the medals table, its best ever (previous high was 11th in 2006)

- Won 11 Golds, twice more than the previous record of five in 2006.

- Won a total of 31 medals, equal in number to the combined totals won in both 2002 (13) and 2006 (18).

- Swept 6 out of 7 Table Tennis Golds, coming very close to winning all. This was better than the four won in 2006.

- Shooting Golds went from one to five, and has led to the government seriously considering building a proper shooting facility for training and competitions (which I would consider as one of the best outcomes of sport.)

- Bettered its two-medal performance by winning three.

- Won its first gymnastics medals (2) in CWG history.

And all these from a country which won just four Gold medals and nine medals of any colour from 1958 to 1998, after having participated 11 times.

It is my hope that the officials will make good its promise to expand Singapore's focus on developing sporting talent in a wider array of sports, and not to focus on only a few as it has traditionally done. In this games, for example, Singapore was represented in only eight sports. They have indicated an interest in further developing shooting, gymnastics, and to also pay increased attention to diving and cycling.

Only when sports get more promotion, funding and support, can I say Singapore has come out winners.

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640 condoms used daily at Commonwealth Games village in 2010

NEW DELHI (BNO NEWS) -- An average of nearly 640 condoms were used everyday at the Commonwealth Games village in New Delhi during the 11-day-long international event last year, according to government statistics, Press Trust of India reported.

The Health Directorate of Delhi Government said 7680 condoms were dispensed with a daily average of 640 condoms. Nearly 6000 athletes and officials from 77 nations stayed at the village. The Delhi State Aids Control Society installed a condom vending machine at the Polyclinics of the Games village during the games to encourage safe-sex among athletes.

The campaign to promote safe sex started from August 15-December 1, 2010 during which over 3300 condom vending machines were to be installed across the national capital. Authorities installed machines at major hotels, stadium, markets among others to encourage safe sex during the event. Just before the games, over 1200 machines were vandalized or stolen, according to Press Trust of India.

New Delhi, home to 14 million people, hosted the Commonwealth Games in October 2010. This was the first time India hosted the Games, a multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations.

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Hmmm. 640 a day doesn't sound a lot compared to the usual Olympic rubber consumption. But couldn't find any figures about how it compared to Melbourne or Manchester. So not sure if our Commonwealth sexual athletes were winners or losers?

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I nguess this gets chalked up in the losers' column:

Commonwealth Games 2010: Collateral Damage

By: Dinesh Narayanan/Forbes India

Youngsters who worked to make the Delhi Commonwealth Games a success are unable to get jobs because of the corruption taint on it.

As he was waiting along with about 100 job aspirants at a large information technology services company, 26-year-old Neeraj Gupta heard a company official call out for those who had worked with the Organising Committee (OC) of the Delhi Commonwealth Games (CWG) to step aside.

“There were about 10 of us. We thought we were going to get preferential treatment,’’ recalls Gupta. But what came was a shock. The official told them bluntly that the company would not hire them because they had worked in the OC.

Gupta left it as a one-off incident, but little did he realise that it would become a pattern. A few weeks later, he was selected as an IT manager at a mid-level firm and the human resources department even discussed his salary. However, the next day, a vice president of the company told him that they would not hire him because of his stint at the Games.

Several companies are refusing to entertain job-seekers who worked with the CWG OC. The corruption taint that has now smeared some of the top officials of the OC has percolated down to the junior most project officer.

Many youngsters, some of them straight out of college, had joined the OC, looking at it as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in a mega project and proudly display the experience on their CVs. It, however, appears the experience certificate is more likely to shut doors for them.

“One company said that they would not consider it as work experience but just an adventure,” says Pradeep Kumar, a graduate from Delhi College of Engineering who got the OC job as part of campus placements.

Several youngsters who worked at the OC told Forbes India that they have faced difficulties in getting jobs because of their CWG assignment. While a few of them have been unambiguously told by prospective employers that they would not risk hiring people from the OC, others were given subtler hints. Many of them have landed jobs, though not always of their choice, but some are still searching.

Technology was defined as one of the key functional areas of the OC with a budget of over Rs. 320 crore and the division was responsible for the entire information and communication systems and services at all the venues and the Games Village.

The one-line task description does not capture the enormity of the job that was made near impossible by the inordinate delays in awarding contracts and completion of civil works. Gagan Singh, the venue manager for Jawaharlal Nehru (JLN) stadium, where all the main athletics events were held, says that the technology operation plan was ready several months in advance. “The cable trays had to be laid but the civil work was not over,” he says. The trays had to be laid and then the cabling done; about 350 km of cables.

“What many people do not realise is that the team had to work doubly hard to get things ready on time.

The Games went off smoothly. It was an operational success,” says Harsh Kumar, OC’s joint director general for technology. Harsh Kumar, who is on deputation from the Railways, says he had a team of 160 people who practically worked round the clock towards the end to get things ready. Sometimes new additions were required at the last moment.

For instance, days before the Games were to begin, the OC’s media advisor told Harsh Kumar that, come what may, they should set up a fast Internet connection for the media. “It doesn’t matter how well you conduct the Games. If the media centre is not first-rate, you will get bad press,” he warned.

Harsh Kumar decided to set up a dedicated high-speed network where media persons could plug in their own computers at the venues. “We had to create a new network and it had to be de-linked from the Games Data Network and Security Data Network to isolate it in case of a problem,” says Harsh Kumar. It became operational in the nick of time.

Moneycontrol.com

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To add to the fact, Syncro swimming and Diving will be dropped from 2018 meaning 3-7 more medals gone for Canada.

34 medals is ridiculous in shooting, but in 2014 it will be much less then the 34 (20). Shooting looks like a sport in decline in Canada.

In 2014, Judo and Triathlon return while Archery is dropped coupled with the fact India are not hosting, Canada should be back in the top 3 in 2014.

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To add to the fact, Syncro swimming and Diving will be dropped from 2018 meaning 3-7 more medals gone for Canada.

34 medals is ridiculous in shooting, but in 2014 it will be much less then the 34 (20). Shooting looks like a sport in decline in Canada.

In 2014, Judo and Triathlon return while Archery is dropped coupled with the fact India are not hosting, Canada should be back in the top 3 in 2014.

Interesting stuff - where is the info from?

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Actually, I don't think that's right. Both the Gold Coast and Hambantota are proposing diving for their 2018 bids. I don't think either are proposing synchro, but in Australia at least it;s considered more of a "joke" sport, so no wonder. I'm sure it's still on the CWGs optional sports roster list though.

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Interesting stuff - where is the info from?

Syncro will become a category 3 sport meaning it can't be added to the program, but is recognized by the CWF. What I forgot to include was the "Synchronized diving" not the full sport of diving will also be added to that list. It goes for a vote in November, where it will likely pass. The Gold Coast has proposed host both events in 2018, but it will change if the vote passes.

Source: http://www.ocasia.org/News/IndexNewsRM.aspx?redirect=1899

Shooting will have 20 medals - I put up the calendar on wikipedia and got the information from their bid book along with Judo/triathlon being added and archery being dropped.

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Syncro will become a category 3 sport meaning it can't be added to the program, but is recognized by the CWF. What I forgot to include was the "Synchronized diving" not the full sport of diving will also be added to that list. It goes for a vote in November, where it will likely pass. The Gold Coast has proposed host both events in 2018, but it will change if the vote passes.

Source: http://www.ocasia.org/News/IndexNewsRM.aspx?redirect=1899

Shooting will have 20 medals - I put up the calendar on wikipedia and got the information from their bid book along with Judo/triathlon being added and archery being dropped.

Okay, I thought you were referring to diving by itself, not the synchro variety.

Meh, the great thing about the CWG sports roster is that it does chop and change and evolve far more easily than the Olympics roster.

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