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India can't match high bar set by China's Olympics

By STEPHEN WILSON (AP) – 10 hours ago

LONDON — China and India are Asian neighbors, rivals and emerging powers. When it comes to organizing major international sporting events, though, there is no comparison.

India can't match a bake sale in down town Hamilton, let alone China's Olympics.

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Watched squash today, another one to add to the list of no spectators. I know its only the first round of things but come on, it looks ridiculous. does anyone know the swimming filled for the finals?

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Has anyone else noticed that the Delhi logo is not seen at the venues?

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The website is crappy too. The results are erratic and not updated quickly or correctly sometimes.

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Has anyone else noticed that the Delhi logo is not seen at the venues?

I noticed that. I hardly recall any advertising at the Melbourne games. It was almost all Games branding...and even when it was official partners or advertisers, it was in keeping with the rest of the branding.

With Dehli it seems to be Honda, Honda, Honda, Small non-descript Games logo, Honda.

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Seems to be many more spectators today, though still pretty empty at some venues.

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'Prince Diana' gaffe

"We are working on the children from schools, already steps have been taken in that direction," said Delhi organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, who was booed by the crowd at Sunday's opening ceremony.

"And also from the low level of society, we have been distributing a lot of tickets," he said, in the organisers' first news conference since the Games opened.

Mr Kalmadi said booths had been opened at every venue to make it easier to purchase tickets.

"There were problems, some of the ticket stalls were not put up, but all the stalls are up now at all the stadiums," he said.

Mr Kalmadi made an embarrassing slip-up when he said that "Prince Diana" had attended Sunday's opening ceremony, the Associated Press news agency reports.

He quickly corrected himself and identified Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, as the attendees.

Lady Diana died in a car crash in 1997. She was the ex-wife of Charles, who is heir to the UK's throne and who represented Queen Elizabeth II at the opening of the Games.

Full Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11474371

Is he was weed ? Or has Princess Dianna risen from the grave and gotton a sex change ? No disrepect to Princess Di intented.

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The website is crappy too. The results are erratic and not updated quickly or correctly sometimes.

Yea that just irritates. I get SMS alerts on my country's athletes winning medals long before I can see any evidence of it in their website. And it is tough trying to update wikipedia in good time.

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India can't match high bar set by China's Olympics

By STEPHEN WILSON (AP) – 10 hours ago

LONDON — China and India are Asian neighbors, rivals and emerging powers. When it comes to organizing major international sporting events, though, there is no comparison....

Ummm. Guys, seriously. Did ANYONE here really tought that these games would surpass Beijing?

And for what i've read, Glasgow shouldnt have to worry much about organizating their games...Stop blaming the UK/aussie media. India blew it. C'est Fini.

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I am not sure if it is the western media, the western atheletes, or just plain bad luck. But I read about Aussie complains about being "treated like cattle" during the opening ceremony...

http://www.smh.com.au/commonwealth-games-2010/comm-games-news/moneghetti-boils-over-openings-cauldron-20101005-165p4.html?autostart=1

...and a Brit complaining about the transport.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/10/05/commonwealth-games-suffers-low-crowds-and-more-mishaps-115875-22610452/

Pertaining to the "cattle case", I am particularly curious over the comment

"And so, so extreme that the athletes have lost confidence with the event organisers and it will impact on future Australian athletes’ involvement at the opening ceremony."

How many opening ceremonies are the athletes going to attend in India, and how in the world could the obviously inept organisers for this games reflect anything on the OCs of future games?

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Full Article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11474371

Is he was weed ? Or has Princess Dianna risen from the grave and gotton a sex change ? No disrepect to Princess Di intented.

Ok, so many things wrong. "Low Level" of society? Is the caste system back?

Also Prince Diana?

So was he referring to Prince Charles and got his name mixed up, or was he referring to the Duchess of Cornwall and forgot Diana died over a decade ago AND got her gender wrong?

I am not sure if it is the western media, the western atheletes, or just plain bad luck. But I read about Aussie complains about being "treated like cattle" during the opening ceremony...

http://www.smh.com.au/commonwealth-games-2010/comm-games-news/moneghetti-boils-over-openings-cauldron-20101005-165p4.html?autostart=1

...and a Brit complaining about the transport.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2010/10/05/commonwealth-games-suffers-low-crowds-and-more-mishaps-115875-22610452/

Pertaining to the "cattle case", I am particularly curious over the comment

How many opening ceremonies are the athletes going to attend in India, and how in the world could the obviously inept organisers for this games reflect anything on the OCs of future games?

They are worried that athletes would be subject to the same conditions at future opening ceremonies. I personally wouldn't be worried as it is clear the Delhi organizers are idiots and that future organizers will be more sympathetic to the needs of athletes.

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Commonwealth Games 2010: Stadium in race to be ready

The Commonwealth Games stadium in Delhi is facing a crucial 24 hours as workers battle to ensure it is ready for the athletics which starts on Wednesday.

Tarmac is still being laid on the damaged track, while half of the in-field is still without grass.

BBC Sport's Jonathan Edwards said: "This is a culture where things are got ready at the last minute but there are very real concerns.

"I've seen a number of athletes come in and I think they're in shock."

Athletics action is due to kick off on Wednesday at 1300 BST and Edwards, part of the BBC Sport team covering the event, was inside the stadium on Tuesday to witness tarmac still being laid and being painted at the start of the 1500m.

The former Olympic triple jump champion told BBC Sport's athletics reporter Phil Jones: "There is a feeling that there are a lot of people working here but no real sense of urgency. They're relaying part of the track which I think was damaged during the opening ceremony.

"For a top athlete coming into a stadium this is not what you expect. It's beyond anything I imagined. Hopefully it will be ready to go on Wednesday for the first session."

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And from BBC Twitter:

"Great evening at Delhi Aquatics Centre but I'm afraid many will be shocked by TV pictures on 6 o'clock news of state of athletics track"

http://twitter.com/#!/bbcsportwebsite/commonwealthgames

And a video, this is a shambles, a complete bloody mess!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11479122

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And from BBC Twitter:

"Great evening at Delhi Aquatics Centre but I'm afraid many will be shocked by TV pictures on 6 o'clock news of state of athletics track"

http://twitter.com/#...mmonwealthgames

And a video, this is a shambles, a complete bloody mess!

http://www.bbc.co.uk...h-asia-11479122

They want to hold an athetic competion there tomorrow?

Seriously? Like, this picture wasn't taken a mounth back?

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I was trying to watch the events in Youtube, but the Delhi 2010 channel haven't uploaded avy competition video after the Opening Ceremony :blink:

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Ok, someone needs to explain to me the anatomy of a track.

I see in Delhi that the track was in place before hand and it was covered up for the ceremony.

In Atlanta it also seemed to be hiding under a blue tarp or something and revealed for the parade.

But in Athens and Beijing it was no where to be seen and they had huge holes in the ground for elaborate sets, so I am guessing it wasn't underneath.

Did they have to lay asphalt on top of that and spray it to make the lines?

Or does the track come in some sort of tile form that is reassembled?

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Later confirmed to be several moths falling from the roof.

Moths my arse...unless these were the lepidoterist's most sought for winged insect find, the famous "Roof Debris Moth" that comes with no wings, no legs, no insectoid parts but clearly resembles ceiling debris.

Saw footage of the cleaning on Australian TV last night and unlike the entire air force of Bogongs that descended upon Homebush in 2000 it was clear as buggery that what was in the Delhi pool were not moths.

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I was trying to watch the events in Youtube, but the Delhi 2010 channel haven't uploaded avy competition video after the Opening Ceremony :blink:

I guess they probably don't have the rights as individual broadcasters are responsible in each country.

Ok, someone needs to explain to me the anatomy of a track.

I see in Delhi that the track was in place before hand and it was covered up for the ceremony.

In Atlanta it also seemed to be hiding under a blue tarp or something and revealed for the parade.

But in Athens and Beijing it was no where to be seen and they had huge holes in the ground for elaborate sets, so I am guessing it wasn't underneath.

Did they have to lay asphalt on top of that and spray it to make the lines?

Or does the track come in some sort of tile form that is reassembled?

I've always assumed the track is just underneath, though I suspect over the years the ceremony floor has changed from being a fairly simple protective cloth to probably some sort of platform to enable things to be raised etc. from the ground.

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Just in case you thought that things were running smooth as silk over in Delhi...

Falkland Islands athlete in hospital with suspected dengue fever

October 6, 2010 - 3:07PM

A Commonwealth Games athlete from the Falkland Islands has been admitted to hospital reportedly with dengue-like symptoms.

The Hindustan Times reports the man is under observation in the hospital's emergency department, but officials are refusing to confirm whether he has dengue fever.

A source has told the paper that tests were performed on the man who was dehydrated, vomiting and had high fever. A serology report is awaited, but the source said that it looks like a case of dengue.

Well done CGF, well done Kalmadi...it seems there will always be that extra bit of black lining to the silver clouds that hover aerostat-like over Delhi.

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I heard that Rebecca Adlington and other female members of the English swim team have some tummy trouble, they report not being able to eat and going to the lo very frequently, now the report of the Falklands Islands athlete. Is this the start of an outbreak? The athletes village would be the perfect place for such bacteria to grow

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