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Well nice to see something positive emerging finally from the Delay 2011 CGs however the village appears no better than others (certainly looks like the athlete's rooms and dining facilities are of

Wise words coming from someone based in OZ, considering they cant even guarantee the safety of international students based in their country, hell a kid even approached john Howard with a knife back w

THIS SHOULD SHUT THE MOUTH OF ALL THOSE FOREIGNERS WHO LOOK DOWN UPON INDIA AS A LAND OF SNAKE CHARMERS, POVERTY, AND CORRUPTION!! THESE VENUES ARE FAR BETTER THAN ANY USED IN THE CWG TILL DATE - U B

R they an actual channel...or just something on the internet?

Actual channel....they do all Olympic sports (winter and summer) except tennis, golf, basketball and soccer, unless its Olympic replays. Of course, it's owned by NBC, so they really don't need to cover tennis or golf when NBC has those sports. Olympic soccer is irrelevant and basketball is largely an ESPN/ABC thing. They recently added rugby, ice hockey and lacrosse (even though that's not an Olympic sport) to their slate of sports programming. Link to official site:

http://www.universalsports.com/

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All the new stadia which have come up in the recent past show that India has it own way of working with the things and those means are no way lesser than the rest of the world and these pictures being shown here and elsewhere and the gound realities assure me that DELHI 2010 is going to be eye opener for may in the world. We will definitely put up a great great show.

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We Indians are not going to die if certain mr bolt do not participate in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, 2010. If he consider himself bigger than the sport itself he is not required here. We are not going to beg his presence in the games.

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Sports Minister Inaugurates Cycling Velodrome

Dr. M. S Gill, Union Minister for Youth Affairs & Sports today inaugurated the newly built Cycling Velodrome in the presence of Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games, 2010 and Shri S.S. Dhindsa, President, Cycling Federation of India. The new velodrome is constructed at the cost of Rs. 150 crore to suit the latest international requirements of Track events for Commonwealth Games. It is fully covered, air-conditioned and has 250 m long Timber Track with a seating capacity of 3800.

Speaking on the occasion , Dr. Gill complimented all officials and CPWD engineers for completing the construction of Cycling Velodrome in record 17 months. He further stated that rest of the stadia will also be delivered to the Organising Committee in the next few days. He said that now focus should shift from construction of stadia to the actual conduct of the games. He also requested the Chairman, Organising Committee to consider keeping a certain number of free tickets for students of Schools/Universities of Delhi so that they can also watch the Games and get motivated.

On the occasion, Smt. Sheila Dikshit, Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee, Commonwealth Games, 2010 and Shri S.S. Dhindsa, President, Cycling Federation of India also complimented all agencies involved in construction of such wonderful sporting facilities.

The new look Velodrome is the first of its kind in the country, which has Timber Cycling Track and meets all the international standards including 2200 Lux Level Sports Lighting and Public Address System with state of the art line array speakers for concert level sound requirements.

The entire stadium with its unique structural system, unique geometry of seating bowl, state-of-the-art Electrical and Mechanical services and marvelous architectural features, is constructed in a record time of 17 months by Central Public Works Department (CPWD). The Velodrome has been certified by UCI (International Cycling federation) as Category 1 Cycling Velodrome.

In his communication to the Sports Authority of India (SAI), UCI Honorary Vice President, Mr. Ray Godkin has said“The Delhi Velodrome is an absolutely marvelous facility of the highest standard and on completion probably would only be surpassed by the Beijing Olympic Velodrome”.

HIGHLIGHTS OF FACILITIES

Ø Built at a cost of Rs. 150 crore.

Ø Seating Capacity 3800

Ø Comprising of Ground Floor, First Floor, Second Floor, Seating arena and playing arena.

Ø Field of Play- 7m wide,250 m long Timber Cycling track with 4 m safety zone made of Siberian Pine Wood.

Ø Roofing – A unique felt bat type roofing covering the entire Velodrome with Galvalume radially cut sheeting in two layers separated by Rockwool thermal insulation.

Ø Sports lighting for 2200 lux suitable for HDTV transmission.

Ø Equipped with Green Building features like thermal insulation of entire roof, gypsum board partitions and wall panelings, energy efficient lighting fixtures etc.

The entire stadium will be under electronic surveillance through fixed and PTZ cameras connected to central control room, which will have integrated network for connecting various facilities, to meet the operational requirements of various tournaments.

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We Indians are not going to die if certain mr bolt do not participate in the Delhi Commonwealth Games, 2010. If he consider himself bigger than the sport itself he is not required here. We are not going to beg his presence in the games.

So is it official that Bolt will not be in Delhi?

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Winter Games are long gone. World Cup is now wrapped up. I guess this is what we are discussing next. Are the mods gonna open up a special Commonwealth Games section like for the World Cup?

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Delhi Scraps Elephant number in Opening!!

Due to the World Cup Closing Ceremony in Johannesburg wherein puppet elephants were used, the Delhi 2010 ceremony organizers have gone back to the drawing board for a new theme.

Word is it's back to the original cobras-v-mongeese scenario.

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Delhi Scraps Elephant number in Opening!!

Due to the World Cup Closing Ceremony in Johannesburg wherein puppet elephants were used, the Delhi 2010 ceremony organizers have gone back to the drawing board for a new theme.

Word is it's back to the original cobras-v-mongeese scenario.

Ahem!

till then, here are some pics of the main stadium which is STILL u/c

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Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex inaugrated.

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Indian workers look at the newly-built Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on July 18, 2010. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled to be held between October 3-14 in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A general view of the newly-built Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on July 18, 2010. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled to be held between October 3-14 in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A warning banner is seen at the diving area of the newly-built Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on July 18, 2010. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled to be held between October 3-14 in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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Indian Sports Minister M.S. Gill poses following the inaugration of the newly-built Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on July 18, 2010. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled to be held between October 3-14 in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A general view of the newly-built Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Pool complex for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on July 18, 2010. The XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 are scheduled to be held between October 3-14 in the Indian capital. AFP PHOTO/MANAN VATSYAYANA (Photo credit should read MANAN VATSYAYANA/AFP/Getty Images)

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A pessimistic view from 'the home nations' (how vewy vewy English :lol: )

Alan Hubbard: Commonwealth Games needs a radical makeover to survive and prosper

Tuesday, 20 July 2010 04:20

Have the Commonwealth Games passed their sell-by date? The Indian Government are deeply unhappy at the latest withdrawals from this year’s event in New Delhi, and understandably so.

The cast of star competitors is beginning to look like a litany of absentees, with England’s track queen Victoria Pendleton the latest among the escalating array of deserters.

She joins Scottish pedalling pal Sir Chris Hoy and assorted members of sports glitterati including athltetics’ principal boy Usain Bolt, England’s leading lady Jessica Ennis and Jamaicans Shelly-Ann Fraser (announced before her positive drugs test) and Veronica Campbell-Brown, plus Beth Tweddle, Daniel Keating and Louis Smith among England’s leading gymnasts in declaring that the Commonwealth Games are not in their 2010 diary. As insidethegames reported earlier this week, India’s Sports Minister is angry at the raft of personalities whose names look like making Delhi a star-free zone.

"This is not good at all," says M S Gill. "Star athletes have drifted away from the Games….they do not seem to think they are important any more."

Sadly, his words have the ring of truth. As the years pass, these Games cease to have sufficient status to remain a major attraction for sport’s A-listers.

It used to the fear of Delhi belly that caused many sports folk to shudder at the prospect of a visit to the sub-Continent. Now it is overcrowded schedules, nail-nibbling concerns over security and the lack of relevance of the India’s Games to the commercial market that causes such a reluctance to travel there.

The Commonwealth Games have become devalued, just as the Commonwealth title has in boxing and a number of other sports. I do not say this lightly, having attended every Games since 1966 and enjoyed all of them. They are not labelled the Friendly Games for nothing. By and large they have been a joy to witness and report.

They may not have the cachet of the Olympics, nor would you expect them to have as by comparison they are a village fete. This is not to disparage them but to appreciate them for what they are - or rather, were.

The ‘Friendly Games’ now exist uneasily in a target-obsessed era when friendlies in sport have become meaningless. There is now serious rivalry from the African Games, Asian Games, the Mediterranean Games, the Youth Olympics and an increasing number of individual sport world and European Championships which seem to coincide and brings fixture congestion in the same year, and take priority as far as competitors are concerned.

A Commonwealth Games medal is a decent little trinket to hang around the neck but it does not possess the market value of an Olympic or World Championships one. That seems a prime reason why so many of sport’s superstars can’t be bothered to turn up.

The problem with the Commonwealth Games is that, rather like the Commonwealth itself, they have become something of an anachronism. Hard as they have tried, that still cannot shake off the remaining vestiges of colonialism lingering from the days from inception in 1930 they first were the British Empire Games, then the British Empire and Commonwealth Games (1954), the British Commonwealth Games (1970) and finally the Commonwealth Games in 1978.

Subsequently there have been some strong arguments as to whether or not we actually need a Commonwealth any more, and if this should be was to be the case why need a Commonwealth Games?

Personally I hope they continue for some years to come. I would be sad to see them redundant but I fear they are becoming so in terms of all co-existing with the escalating major porting competitions now going on around the world.

Sport’s international calendar is incredibly congested. One can appreciate why Scotland’s Chris Hoy (pictured), for instance, has rejected Delhi in favour of preparing to his own satisfaction for both the upcoming European Championships and the Olympics (though whether he would have risked getting seriously clubbed about the head by a million claymores had this October’s ComGames been in Glasgow instead of Delhi is open to conjecture).

"The Olympics has to take precedence over everything," says Hoy, a double Commonwealth Games gold medalist. "I could turn up at the Commonwealth Games but it would hamper my preparation for the European Championships, a qualifying event for 2012. And I wouldn't be at a hundred per cent fitness-wise."

Pendleton says the same and you can bet there will be numerous more drop outs within the nest couple of months to cause Mr Gill more angst.

Fair enough I suppose. But with Delhi’s Games fast becoming the great Indian take-away inn terms of talent, you wonder how many Asian nations may take reprisals at Glasgow in 2014.

I suspect that, in any case, the way international sport will burgeon over the next four years the dear old Commonwealth Games will become even less magnet for the superstars. Perhaps it is time to start revamping with a new format, perhaps even a new title for the quadrennial sportsfest. Time, perhaps scale them down in these harsh dark economic times and give the shop window to some of those disciplines which never get a look-in at the Olympics: Things like water skii-ing, darts, snooker and acrobatic gymnastics (all of which would bring even more glory to our Home Nations).

They also have which have a greater televisual appeal than some already in the traditional Games schedule. Time, perhaps, to celebrate a common wealth of games rather than a Commonwealth Games.

Whilst I certainly don't agree with the elevation of darts and snooker to the CGs (and by the way the latter's world champ is an Aussie) there is much truth in what Hubbard writes. How can these games be taken seriously as a major international sporting festival if so many leading athletes from the major powers don't attend?

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Another less than rosy report from Delhi (via those paragons of integrity, News Ltd):

UST three months before the opening ceremony in Delhi, the 2010 Commonwealth Games are shaping as the most expensive but least organised Games ever.

With budgets already spiralling out of control, now monsoonal rain has paralysed the city, halting the desperate attempts to get stadiums, infrastructure and communications ready in time.

The Indian media has thrown its hands up in despair at the prospect of facilities being ready on time.

Bedevilled by competing government agencies and a lack of central planning, the city is now a rolling building site with even government ministers admitting the race to be ready is is being sabotaged by the lack of communication.

But it is the monsoon weather that has put Delhi's frantic attempts to be ready in the spotlight, with the state government forced to seek police permission for works to continue through the night.

The city is "a war zone" according to the weekly India Today, which spoke of a "frantic, embarrassing, shameful last-minute rush to salvage the 2010 Commonwealth Games from disaster".

Two of five new stadiums remain unfinished, and those that have been built still have problems such as a ceiling caving in.

All major construction was due to be finished by next Sunday but the fear now is that even if roads, communications and stadiums are finished there will be little time to test them before the opening ceremony on October 3.

Government ministers have held a series of summits in recent days to try to co-ordinate the programs of various agencies, after long-standing complaints that roads are perpetually being redug to lay internet cables, power cables and pipework.

"It's a big problem that we are facing," Delhi's finance minister, Dr Ashok Walia, admitted.

"The roads that have been completed are being dug up again. I saw in front of a Games stadium, the road was dug up to lay telecom cables.

"Now only three months are left and I request all agencies to co-operate, work together and not to spoil the work already completed."

The lack of central planning has affected the supply of accommodation, with many of the city's backpacker hostels hauled down to improve the look of the city, but not yet replaced by commensurate alternative lodgings.

Now city chiefs hope to persuade residents to offer bed and breakfast as a supply of accommodation.

Even the intensive security preparations have been undermined by claims that the anti-terrorist equipment to be used by Delhi's police hasn't even been ordered yet.

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