Delays in handing over several venues in Delhi are causing “serious concern” to the organisers of the Commonwealth Games, due to take place in October. The athletics stadium, Swimming complex and Games Village have still not been completed with five months remaining. Athletes from 71 nations, mostly former British colonies, are set to compete.
With a total of 17 sports, the Commonwealth Games are considered the third largest multi-sport event in the world, behind the Olympics and the Asian Games.
Last month it was confirmed that English athletes would compete in the Games despite security concerns.The co-ordination commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) added that much progress had been made since a damning report in December, which said numerous deadlines had been missed. Safety and security remains a major concern following a bomb blast at an IPL cricket match in Bangalore last month which injured 14 people.
“The CGF continues to work closely with the organising committee, Delhi Police and the governments of India and Delhi to monitor all Games security arrangements and has assigned specialist consultants to work on its behalf as is its standard practice for all Games.
The Delhi government, too, is keen to display its commitment towards the conservation of environment to the world. It plans to introduce ‘hybrid’ electric buses during the Commonwealth Games to be held in October 2010.
The BBC has announced it has won the rights to show the 2010 Commonwealth Games from Delhi in October.
Will the Commonwealth Games be the biggest sporting event, with the exception of cricket, India has hosted?