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New Delhi's Commonwealth Games in jeopardy

May 05, 2010

Hamilton Spectator

http://www.thespec.com/News/BreakingNews/article/763566

NEW DELHI - The co-ordination commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation on Wednesday expressed serious concern over the delay in the delivery of the major sports venues for the games that get under way in the Indian capital in less than five months. These venues include the athletics stadium, which is being upgraded to host the ceremonies as well, the swimming complex and the Games village.

"There remains much to be done to ensure readiness and a cohesive games delivery from the opening of the Games Village on Sept. 16," the commission said in a statement.

The Games that feature 71 nations and territories of the old British empire are scheduled for Oct. 3-14. The missing of construction deadlines in the past have provoked criticism from the CGF and caused embarrassment for local organizers. These delays have a knock-on effect and hamper the organizing committee's planning and implementation for final overlay, staff training, rehearsal, and simulation, the statement said. "It is imperative that everything be done to accelerate works and that the agencies responsible for venue delivery co-operate fully with the organizing committee to ensure the final planning for hand over and operations," it said.

The commission said there has been progress in securing of Games accommodation requirements and in conducting eight test events. It also said the CGF was working closely with the organizing committee, New Delhi police and the federal and local governments to monitor all Games security arrangements and has assigned specialist consultants to work on its behalf. The cash-strapped government is pumping in more money to the nearly US$3-billion event. In March, the national government announced it was lending the organizers an additional $150 million to pay for fixtures and equipment required at the venues.

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Shooting racism! WC organisers apologise to Indian contingent

NEW DELHI: The organisers of the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) world cup have apologised to the Indian shooters who complained of harassment by the transport staff at the event held in Dorset, the UK.

The apology was confirmed by the National Rifles Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajib Bhatia. “The organisers have apologised for the incident,” Mr Bhatia told agencies.

He said there was meeting between the Indian team representatives and the event organisers where the latter apologised. The Indian team manager, T Padmanabhan, was present at the meeting. Mr Padmanabhan had written to the Indian High Commission in London asking it to intervene and speak to the event organisers after two incidents of alleged misbehaviour towards the Indian shooters.

Mr Bhatia said that the Indian team had also asked for a written apology from the organisers of the ISSF event and were waiting for it.

Mr Padmanabhan wrote on Saturday to the Indian High Commission complaining that the shooters were insulted by the transport staff at the event. The Indian sports minister M S Gill also held a meeting with his ministry officials asking for more details on the episode after media reports quoted players as saying that the Indian contingent was being targeted and it could affect the performance of the team.

“The minister has directed officers to get in touch with officials of the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and the Indian High Commission in London to know the full details,” a sports ministry official said after the meeting.

Mr Baljeet Singh Sethi, secretary general of the NRAI, had charged the transport staff with racism. “They still consider us their slaves. Such incidents have taken place in the past as well during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester,” Mr Sethi told agencies.

The incidents being referred to took place at the Southern Counties shooting ground at Dorset in England. A team bus driver had allegedly shut the door before an Indian shooter could get in, leaving him stranded at the range. When other shooters in the bus objected, the driver turned back and went to the supervisor of the transport department instead.

Mr Padmanabhan said the transport department officials also misbehaved with the Indian shooters. Ace trap shooter and Commonwealth Games gold medalist Manavjit Singh Sandhu said transport officials were very rude with two women shooters in the Indian contingent as well.

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Triple Olympic and world champion Usain Bolt will definitely miss this year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, his coach has confirmed today.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9853:bolt-will-definitely-miss-commonwealth-games-coach-reveals&catid=89:athletics-news&Itemid=119

Too bad for the "Thunderbolt" :mellow: Does anyone know if Caster Semenya can participate? Or is she still banned? :huh:

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Queen's Baton Relay arrives in India for Commonwealth Games

June 25 - The Queen's Baton Relay has arrived in India from Pakistan, marking the start of the 100-day countdown to this year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

http://www.insidethegames.biz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9900:queens-baton-relay-arrives-in-india-for-commonwealth-games&catid=75:new-delhi-2010-news&Itemid=94

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