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The business of… the Delhi Commonwealth Games

With the event set to begin in just a few days, Kipp takes a closer look at the allegations of corruption, bureaucracy and nepotism surrounding the Games.

September 29, 2010 4:06 by

The Promise

In 2003 India won the bid to host 2010 Commonwealth Games after beating out rival contender (and first ever host) Hamilton, Canada. Mike Fennell, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation said New Delhi won 46 votes to Hamilton’s 22 in a secret ballot by delegations from member nations. The event was set to run from 3 to 14 October.

India had big plans for the Commonwealth Games – the biggest sporting extravaganza the country has hosted since the 1982 Asian Games. A new village, called the Delhi Games Village, was to be constructed as a low rise medium development on a 40 acre site in the heart of the capital with a possible capacity for 8,500 athletes and officials. Existing and new stadia was to be used to house the sports.

Speaking to The Times of India, Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee Chief Suresh Kalmadi boasted, “It will be the best Commonwealth Games ever… We have the best Games village in the world, perhaps better than the Olympics village at Beijing and the stadiums are truly world class. All planning is on track and we are making sure everything will be ready on time.”

(Picture: Indira Ghandi Sports Complex)


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