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Hosting Commonwealth Games, a stepping-stone to host Olympics: Kalmadi

2010-03-30 22:20:00

Organizing Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi Chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Tuesday said that the successful staging of the ensuing Commonwealth Games is crucial, as it would strengthen the prospects for India to host the Olympic Games in near future.

Addressing the media on the sidelines of a conference 'Tomorrow's North: Green and Educated' in the national capital, Kalmadi said: Commonwealth Games are very important for us. We are trying to promote Olympic sports. We are moving towards Olympics, there is no doubt about it."

He further said that the Organising Committee has to be careful with the arrangements, as apart from the sportspersons, top functionaries of various federations and allied bodies would be visiting India to have a look at the assorted arrangements related to such mega events.

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Except Delhi's climate will preclude it from any future Olympics if the IOC (and the networks) adhere strictly to their July-early September schedule. That is a very harsh time for the Delhi climate...so other cities with better climate in those months will always edge Delhi out. (And if in the last round that was the reason given to Doha, then they cannot make a special exception for Delhi.)

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Green and hi-tech, stadium is Games showpiece

New Delhi : It's one of the greenest sporting arenas in the world. The Thyagaraj Stadium for the Delhi Commonwealth Games boasts of it all, from glass glazing for insulation to energy saving light fixtures to water conserving plumbing.

Built from scratch at a cost of Rs.300 crore (Rs.3 billion/$65 million) and slated to open on Friday, it is the most talked about venue for the Oct 3-14 event. With retractable chairs, disabled-friendly signages and ramps, and folding doors with fire sensors, it is as state-of-the-art as it gets.

It took nearly three years for the public works department (PWD) to construct the multi-disciplinary games stadium spanning an area of 16.5 acre with a seating capacity of 5,000. The stadium also has a practice track for athletics, three tennis clay courts and two grass courts.

'We have made all efforts to minimise the carbon footprint of the building,' Amit Kumar, executive engineer with PWD, told IANS.

'From solar- and gas-based power generating systems to rainwater harvesting and an effluent treatment plant, several environment-friendly technologies have been used.'

Designed by famous Australian sports architecture firm Peddle Thorp, the stadium has an Integrated Building Management System for energy efficiency.

It has been built using 28 lakh (2.8 million) fly ash bricks and all the brick walls have cavity in between - effective for thermal insulation and acoustics, consequently reducing the air-conditioning loss and improving energy efficiency.

'The stadium has glass glazing all around the building which will prevent transfer of heat from the atmosphere. The glass used for glazing has very high light transmission and very low heat transfer capacity, thereby increasing energy efficiency,' said Kumar, who has been handling the project since beginning.

There is a composite aluminium roofing system with acoustic and thermal insulation properties. The stadium will get power from solar panels and piped natural gas.

'The stadium requires 3.5 MW of energy per day and using our solar power generation system we will be able to generate 1 MW of energy, the largest in the country from a single solar unit. The generated power shall be directly fed to the northern grid and we will get the power from there,' he said.

The exhaust smoke generated by the gas turbine is being utilized for air-conditioning by installing a Vapour Absorption Machine (VAM) to run the air-conditioning of the building.

For construction, emphasis was laid on using eco-friendly materials and practices.

The stadium, having three pairs of escalators, has separate entrances for players and VIPs, spectators and media people. There is a basement parking that can accommodate 450 cars. However, it will not be used during the Games for security reasons.

'The venue is disabled-friendly and has three ramps besides visual and audio signages to help visually and hearing impaired people,' said Kumar.

The stadium has 10 vertical folding doors attached with fire sensors. 'If there is a fire in the stadium, the doors will automatically open and help in mass evacuation.'

Another feature, introduced for the first time in the country, is retractable chairs. The system acquired from China will retract the chairs in a few seconds, thus helping in fast evacuation after the games get over.

For water conservation, rain water harvesting is being done in a 16.5 acre area. Besides, rain water from the roof of the stadium will be collected in a tank for horticulture and flushing purposes. The stadium has an Effluent Treatment Plant for sewage treatment.

The changing and rest rooms are fitted with hydrotect tiles, which have a coating of titanium oxide to improve air quality inside toilets.

With so many eco-friendly initiatives, the authorities have already begun the process of acquiring LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green certification.

'We are applying for the platinum rating, the highest level for any building, he said.

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Except Delhi's climate will preclude it from any future Olympics if the IOC (and the networks) adhere strictly to their July-early September schedule. That is a very harsh time for the Delhi climate...so other cities with better climate in those months will always edge Delhi out. (And if in the last round that was the reason given to Doha, then they cannot make a special exception for Delhi.)

Baron is right.

I sincerely wish Delhi success with the Commonwealth Games, but I think that an Indian Olympics in any city are quite a few decades away.

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Prince Charles to attend CWG opening ceremony

NEW DELHI: Britain's Prince Charles will attend the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here.

The Games are scheduled to be held between October 3 and October 14.

"We are delighted to announce that His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales will represent Her Majesty The Queen at the opening of the Delhi Commonwealth Games in October," a British High Commission spokesperson today said in a statement.

"Further details will follow in due course," the release added.

The opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, lawn bowls, and weightlifting will take place at the Nehru Stadium, which will have a capacity of 75,000 spectators after renovation for the games.

The 2010 Games are the nineteenth edition of the Commonwealth Games, and the ninth to be held under that name. The games will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in India, which has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982.

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General view of The Indira Gandhi Indoor Gymnastics Stadium with a seating capacity of 15,000 during a inauguration ceremony ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi on April 10, 2010. The four-yearly Commonwealth Games, featuring 71 teams from Commonwealth countries, are due to be held in the Indian capital October 3-14.

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General view of The Indira Gandhi Indoor Gymnastics Stadium with a seating capacity of 15,000 during a inauguration ceremony ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi on April 10, 2010. The four-yearly Commonwealth Games, featuring 71 teams from Commonwealth countries, are due to be held in the Indian capital October 3-14.

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Indian Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, M.S. Gill ® and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit pose in front of The Indira Gandhi Indoor Gymnastics Stadium with a seating capacity of 15,000 during a inauguration ceremony ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi on April 10, 2010. The four-yearly Commonwealth Games, featuring 71 teams from Commonwealth countries, are due to be held in the Indian capital October 3-14.

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Chairman, Commonwealth Games 2010, Suresh Kalmadi (L) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit © and Indian Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs, M.S. Gill ® pose with workers in front of The Indira Gandhi Indoor Gymnastics Stadium with a seating capacity of 15,000 during a inauguration ceremony ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi on April 10, 2010. The four-yearly Commonwealth Games, featuring 71 teams from Commonwealth countries, are due to be held in the Indian capital October 3-14.

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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

AT least eight people were hurt when two bombs exploded at a cricket stadium in the Indian city of Bangalore, sparking panic among fans and stoking security fears ahead of the Commonwealth Games.

The explosions, which occurred as spectators were streaming into the stadium overnight, came amid heightened fears about security at sporting events in India, which is scheduled to host the Commonwealth Games in October in New Delhi.

A third small bomb which had failed to explode was later found on the roof of a ticket counter at the stadium as police combed the venue with sniffer dogs, police inspector K Raghuram said.

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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/

The BBC has announced it has won the rights to show the 2010 Commonwealth Games from Delhi in October.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/front_page/8639753.stm

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People attend the inauguration of the newly-constructed wrestling stadium at the Indira Gandhi Sports Complex, one of the venues for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, April 25, 2010. The 6,000-seater state-of-the-art venue has been built at a cost of 1.2 billion rupees (US$25 million) in an area of 22,350 square meters, according to a local agency. The Commonwealth Games will be held from Oct. 3-14, 2010.

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Invitees listen to the speech of Indian Youth Affairs and Sports Minister M.S. Gill (unseen) during the inauguration of the wrestling hall of the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex in New Delhi on April 25, 2010. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled to be held between October 3-14 in the Indian capital.
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Canada warns of ‘imminent’ terror threat in New Delhi

May 01, 2010

Torstar News Service

http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/761647

NEW DELHI—The Canadian government believes there is an “imminent” threat of a terrorist attack in India’s capital city.

In an email circulated Saturday morning to registered Canadians living in India, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade wrote “while there is a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout India at all times, credible and specific reporting indicates that a terrorist attack could be carried in the following days or weeks, in market areas of Delhi frequented by foreigners.”

The travel advisory was the third sent out in recent days and warns travellers to avoid New Delhi’s popular Chandni Chowk area.

“We advise to exercise a high degree of caution, to monitor your surroundings and to minimize your presence in market areas of the city,” the advisory said.

New Delhi has been relatively safe over the past year and a half.

The advisory also comes as India and Pakistan attempt to normalize diplomatic ties. This week the countries agreed to schedule meetings between foreign ministers.

Relations chilled in the wake of the November 2008 terrorist attacks when a group of terrorists from Pakistan landed on the shores of Mumbai, fanned out across the city and killed 163 people.

The last major attack in New Delhi occurred in September 2008 when a series of synchronized explosions hit five crowded markets, including Connaught Place, a tourist destination.

In February, Indian authorities issued a national alert after nine people were killed and at least 57 were wounded when a bomb exploded at a bakery in the western Indian city of Pune. The bakery was in a neighbourhood popular with foreign tourists.

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