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2010 Commonwealth Games

2010 Commonwealth Games
19th Commonwealth Games

Logo of 2010 Commonwealth Games Host city Nations participating Athletes participating Events Opening ceremony Closing ceremony Officially opened by Queen’s Baton Final Runner Main Stadium Motto New Delhi, India 85 Commonwealth Teams TBA 17 disciplines 3 October 14 October Unknown TBA Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium "COME OUT AND PLAY"

date in Delhi and India generally, which has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi. This is the first time the Commonwealth Games will be held in India, which will be the third developing country to host the event (after Jamaica in 1966 and Malaysia in 1998). This is the second time the event has been held in Asia (after 1998). In January 2005, the Commonwealth Games Federation vice-president Raja Randhir Singh expressed concern that Delhi was behind schedule in forming an organising committee. On 18 January 2008, however, the Commonwealth Games Federation expressed its approval of Delhi’s progress.[1] In addition to the Commonwealth Games, the city of Pune, India hosted the 3rd Commonwealth Youth Games between October 12 and 18, 2008. The Youth Games offered nine sports: athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, swimming, table tennis, tennis, weightlifting and wrestling.[2] India’s Sports Minister will head the apex committee for conducting the games while the Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi will head the organising committee. The Games will be held from the 3rd to 14 October 2010.

Logo
The logo for the 2010 Commonwealth Games was revealed on 6 January 2008 at an event taking place at the India Gate. The logo is inspired by the Ashoka Chakra, a symbol of freedom, unity, and power. Its spiraling upwards symbolizes India’s rise as a global power and its transition from tradition to modernity. The colours symbolize India’s vibrant and diverse culture and people, and each part of the logo symbolizes India welcoming the 71 Commonwealth nations and territories.[3]

The 2010 Commonwealth Games are scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India between 3 October and 14 October 2010. With a population of over 15 million, Delhi is one of the largest cities in the world. This will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to

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Preparation
The total budget estimated for hosting the 19th Commonwealth is US$ 1.6 billion. This makes the 2010 Commonwealth Games as the most expensive Commonwealth Games ever (compared to Manchester 2002 - approx. US$ 420 million, and Melbourne 2006 - approx. US$ 1.1 billion).

Infrastructure

National Highway - 8 (NH-8) Delhi already has many international features of a modern and well-planned city. However, to get ready for the huge influx of tourists visiting Delhi during the Games, the Government of India has taken many steps to improve the city. This includes city beautification, transportation development, upgrading of many old structures etc. Delhi metro network, as it will look by 2010

Transport
Delhi has proposed a four-lane, 2.2 km underground stretch from Ring Road to Lodhi, linking the Games Village to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and reducing traveling time for athletes traveling between the Village and the Stadium by six minutes. In response to concerns over the large number of trains that pass by the Delhi metropolitan region daily, construction of road under-bridges and over-bridges along railway lines has been started. To expand road infrastructure, flyovers, cloverleaf flyovers, and bridges have been planned to provide connectivity to the Games Village, to sports venues, to hospitals, and for intra-city connectivity. Road-widening projects have been under process, with an emphasis being placed on expanding national highways. To improve traffic flow on existing road, plans are underway to make both the inner and outer Ring roads signal free. To support its commitment to mass transport, nine corridors have been identified and are being constructed as High Capacity Bus Systems (for example, one from Ambedkar Nagar to Red Fort). Six of these corridors are expected to be operational in 2008. Additionally, the Delhi Metro will be expanded to accommodate more people and

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boost the use of public transport during the 2010 games. By then it will have the second longest network in the world and later the longest, which will be more than 420 km.[4] To achieve this exponential increase in the network’s length, the Delhi Metro has deployed 14 tunnel boring machines (TBMs). The Delhi Metro reports that no country in Asia has ever put to work so many TBMs at the same time.[5] To further support air travel, the Indira Gandhi International Airport is being modernized, expanded, and upgraded. By the 2010 games, a new terminal (Terminal 3) will have been constructed at a cost of nearly US$ 2 million, with the capability to cater to more than 35 million passengers a year. Terminal 3 will be a two tier building, with the bottom floor being the arrivals area, and the top being a departures area. This terminal will have over 130 check in counters, 55 aerobridges, 30 parking bays, 72 immigration counters, 15 X-ray screening areas, duty free shops, and much more. The airport will also have a new runway to cater more than 75 plus flights an hour; the runway will be more than 4400 meters long and one of Asia’s longest. The entire airport will be connected to the city via a 6 lane highway (National Highway 8) and the Delhi Metro.[6]

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possible capacity for 8,500 athletes and officials.[8] On 22 February 2008, a senior official of the DDA announced that the Games Village would be completed by December 2009.[9] Though there have been many environmental concerns about the Games Village Site, Dibarkar Sarkar, Sport Director of the Delhi Development Authority, and Michael Hooper, CEO of the Commonwealth Games, have both gone on the record saying that it is doubtful that construction will be delayed at this late stage in the preparations. [10]

Security
In preparation for the Games and to promote security at major tourist destinations, Indian states will be deploying a force of "tourist police" far before the Games begin. These tourism police are regular state police forces, but will be trained to handle tourist-related aspects. A number of states have already implemented this program; other states are expected to emulate this model within the end of the year.

Tourism
India is expected to use the Games to provide a major boost to tourism in India. According to official estimates, two million foreign tourists and 3.5 million domestic tourists are likely to arrive in Delhi in 2010 as a result of the Games.[11] To prepare for this influx, the government is providing tax incentives for hotel rooms to be constructed in India, with a focus on tourist regions of Agra & Jaipur. Additionally, the government has extended a five-year tax rebate to the tourism industry to create jobs and increase development.[12]

Energy consumption
To prepare for the energy-usage spike during the Games and to end chronic power cuts in Delhi, the government is undertaking a large power-production initiative to increase power production to 7,000 MW (from the current 4,500 MW). To achieve this goal, the government plans to streamline the power distribution process, direct additional energy to Delhi, and construct new power plants. In fact, the government has promised that by 2010, Delhi will have a surplus of power.[7]

Other preparation
In addition to physical preparation, India and Delhi will be offering a myriad of amenities to all athletes. These include traditional Commonwealth Games services, such as free accommodation for all athletes, a modern, comfortable Games Village, cutting-edge health facilities, security, a pollution-free environment, entertainment for non-competition times, transportation, and other, unique amenities as well. Delhi will also be offering all athletes a free trip to the famed Taj Mahal and will provide a reserved lane for participants on selected highways.[13]

Games Village
A new, modern Games Village is being built by the private company Emaar-MGF[2] along the east bank of the Yamuna River at a cost of USD 230.7 million. The Games Village will be spread over an area of 63.5 hectare (158.4 acre) and is situated near renowned monument and landmark the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple inspired by Pramukh Swami Maharaj. The Delhi Games Village will be a low rise medium development with a

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The Delhi High Court is also set to implement a series of "mobile courts" to be dispatched throughout Delhi to relocate migrant beggars from Delhi streets. The mobile courts would consider each beggar on a caseby-case basis to determine whether the beggar should be sent back to his/her state of residence, or be permitted to remain in government-shelters.[14] In preparation for a rush of English-speaking tourists for the Games, the Delhi government is implementing a program to teach English to low-income individuals who will have a high-frequency of contact with tourists. This subset includes city cab drivers, waiters, gatemen, and service staff. Over the past two years, the city has successfully taught 2,000 drivers English, and is continuing the program to reach as many as possible before the Games. The city plans to teach 1,000 people English per month, and hopes to reach everyone necessary by March 2009. In addition to Delhi, the Indian Government plans to expand the program to teach people in local tourist destinations, including Agra and Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, Bhopal and Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh, Gaya in Bihar and Puri in Orissa.[15]

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Environment Programme (UNEP). In order for the games to be awarded the title of "Green Games," UNEP must approve of the process and ensure that the games are environmentally sustainable.[17] The Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games have appointed a well known environmental consultancy, Naturefirst-GEMS as consultants to achieve the Green Games vision that it has set forth for itself. To meet this goal, Delhi is providing a large upgrade to its mass transportation system by expanding the size of the Metro network and increasing public bus capabilities. Additionally, Delhi has equipped its Metro stations with rainwater harvesting infrastructure, to be stored in tanks located in each station. It is equipping 1,600 out of 2,500 shelters with solar panels, so the bus shelters will be illuminated with solar power, and will equip over 1,000 shelters with water harvesting facilities.[18] Delhi is also undertaking a tree-planting campaign, spearheading an anti-litter effort, and promoting the use of renewable energy around the country and city.[17] All new buildings constructed for the Games will be green buildings as well. According to the State Environment Department, the Games will follow the principles of “sustainable site planning, design and construction of buildings” in order to “ achieve maximum harmony with nature.” These principles of water and energy efficiency are being applied in the construction of the Thyagaraja Sports Complex being constructed.[16] Controversy arose with regards to the Games Village, the construction of which citizens claimed was harming the banks of the Yamuna River.[19] A major concern is that constructing the Games Village will destroy the Yamuna floodplains, causing not only environmental damage, but also putting the river areas at risk for periodical flooding as well.[20] To address these concerns, the Indian government formed a monitoring committee to oversee the ecological aspects of the construction of the Games Village. It first invited Nobel prize winner and chairman of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) R.K. Pachauri to head the committee; Pachauri, however, recommended that a nonprofit group be partnered with the committee for greater effectiveness.[21]

Controversy
Bulldozers razed the makeshift homes belonging to hundreds of slum inhabitants within New Delhi earlier this month as the Indian government moved to improve the city for the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Officials say the land is for a road and the demolitions are simply part of a master plan to clean up the city and move slum-dwellers to proper housing. But, the government says, there will be no relocation for poor families because they do not meet relocation requirements. Critics say demolishing housing that has been here for years and relocating some residents but not others will hurt many who live on the margins of society.

Environmental Agenda
India has declared itself committed to preventing environmental degradation due to the Games, and has declared the 2010 Games to be the "Green Games."[16] To plan for this goal, India has taken the commitment to the international level by partnering with the United Nations

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Additionally, citizens accuse the government of unnecessarily cutting down or transplanting "heritage trees" (old trees) in its drive for rapid development to prepare for the Games in time. In response to these perceived wrongs, citizens are calling for a "Yamuna Satyagrah" (literally, "fight for truth for the Yamuna") - a method of protest first popularised by Mahatma Gandhi. [20] The government has also authorized Rs.250 million ($6 million) to clean up and improve sanitation around tourist areas, among other activities.[22] • •

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There are currently 72 nations planning to field teams at the 2010 Commonwealth Games. In alphabetical order, these nations are: • Anguilla • Antigua and Barbuda • Australia • Bahamas • • Barbados • • • • Botswana • British Virgin Islands • Brunei • • Cameroon Canada Belize • Bermuda Bhutan • • • Jamaica • Jersey • Kenya Guyana India Isle of Man • • • • • Ghana • Gibraltar Grenada • Falkland Islands • Fiji • Gambia • • • • • • • Malta

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• • Badminton Shooting • Scotland Boxing • Mauritius • Seychelles Cycling • Montserrat KabaddiSierra will also be a demonstration sport at Leone the 2010 Games.[23] Mozambique • The triathlon appears likely to be excluded these games as there is no suitable locaNamibia fromSingapore • tion for the swimming stage. The organisers Nauru haveSolomon also proposed removing basketball, but New Islands want to include archery, tennis, and billiards Zealand • South Nigeria and snooker for men. Cricket, although in strong demand, may not make a come-back Africa Niue • Sri Norfolk as the Board of Control for Cricket in India were not keen on a Twenty20 tournament, Lanka Island Northern but the organisers did not want a one day • tournament.[24] Ireland Swaziland Pakistan Tanzania Calendar •

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Gandhi Arena, the largest indoor sports arena in India and the second-largest in Asia, which seats 25,000 people. Located at the Indraprastha Estate in the eastern region of New Delhi, the arena will be connected to other venues via dedicated bus lanes and mass transportation. The arena will be renovated for the Games.[28]

See also
The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is one of the largest stadiums in the world Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) Events, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7s, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Specific venues for 2010 games[26] in Delhi are following: • Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - Opening and Closing ceremonies, Athletics, Lawn bowls, Weightlifting • Dhyan Chand National Stadium - Hockey • Indira Gandhi Arena - Archery, Cycling, Gymnastics, Wrestling • Delhi University sports complex - Rugby 7s • Tyagaraj Sports Complex - Netball • Siri Fort Sports Complex - Badminton, Squash • Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range Shooting • Talkatora Stadium - Boxing • SPM Swimming Pool Complex - Aquatics • RK Khanna Tennis Complex - Tennis • Yamuna Sports Complex - Table tennis • 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games • Commonwealth Youth Games • Commonwealth Games

References
[1] CGF happy with 2010 Commonwealth Games work progress [2] "2010 Commonwealth Games". http://www.thecgf.com/games/future/ delhi2010.asp?yr=2010. Retrieved on 2008-07-25. [3] 2010 CWG Logo [4] Delhi Metro Rail Corporation [5] "Delhi Metro deploys ’record’ 14 tunnel boring machines". http://www.indiaenews.com/business/ 20080318/105062.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-14. [6] Indira Gandhi International Airport [7] "Delhi will have surplus power by 2010". 2008-03-21. http://www.indiaenews.com/ india/20080321/105643.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [8] Commonwealth Games Foundation [9] "Games Village will be ready by 2009, promises official". http://www.indiaenews.com/sports/ 20080222/99496.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-14. [10] [1] [11] Roy, Rajeev Ranjan (2008-03-30). "Lessons in English and etiquette ahead of Commonwealth Games". http://www.indiaenews.com/travel/ 20080330/107541.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [12] Bhuyan, Aroonim (2008-05-06). "India to boost tourism using Commonwealth Games". http://www.indiaenews.com/ middle-east/20080506/116210.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [13] Commonwealth Games, India

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The opening and closing ceremonies, athletics, lawn bowls, and weightlifting will take place at the massive Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi, which will have a capacity of 75,000 spectators for the Games.[27] The stadium will be renovated and improved in time for the Games.

Indira Gandhi Arena
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[14] "Mobile courts suggested to make Delhi beggar-free". 2008-05-04. http://www.indiaenews.com/india/ 20080507/116544.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [15] Roy, Rajeev Ranjan (2008-03-30). "Lessons in English and etiquette ahead of Commonwealth Games". http://www.indiaenews.com/travel/ 20080330/107541.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [16] ^ Perappadan, Bindu Shajan (2008-06-27). "Delhi gearing up for Green Games". http://www.thehindu.com/2008/06/27/ stories/2008062753820500.htm. Retrieved on 2008-07-20. [17] ^ "Delhi 2010 and Pune 2008 will be Green Games". http://www.g-forse.com/ archive/news595_e.html. Retrieved on 2008-07-20. [18] "With better roads, buses, Delhi set for transport makeover". http://www.indiaenews.com/india/ 20080326/106631.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [19] "Pachauri won’t head Commonwealth Games ecology panel". http://www.indiaenews.com/india/ 20080208/96552.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [20] ^ Singh, Govindh (2008-07-08). "Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010: A Threat to the Common Wealth". http://ecoworldly.com/2008/07/06/ commonwealth-games-delhi-2010-athreat-to-the-common-wealth/. Retrieved on 2008-07-20. [21] "Pachauri won’t head Commonwealth Games ecology panel". http://www.indiaenews.com/india/

20080208/96552.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [22] "India to develop and clean up tourist sites". http://www.indiaenews.com/ business/20080421/112810.htm. Retrieved on 2008-05-13. [23] "India wants kabaddi at Olympics". 2006-12-23. http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ articleshow/910987.cms. Retrieved on 2008-11-15. [24] "Cricket unlikely at 2010 Games". Cricinfo. http://content.cricinfo.com/ci/ content/story/234191.html. [25] 2010 CWG Calendar [26] CWG Venues, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 13 May 2007. [27] Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Information [28] "Indira Gandhi Arena". http://www.commonwealthgamesnewdelhi.com/ venues-2010/indira-gandhi-arena.html. Retrieved on 2008-08-27.

External links
Official websites
• Official homepage of 2010 Commonwealth Games • 2010 Commonwealth Games at the CGF

Other websites
• • • • • Commonwealth Games News DELHICOMMONWEALTH.COM Booking and Tour Information CWG2010 Information Commonwealth Games 2010 fan site

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