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isnt there a thread for this ? wtf.
as i mentioned last year. this was a bad move having india host the games.

many aussie champs have pulled out. fears of flooding. athletes village is in bad condition, no airconditioning, toilets dont flush ect

Bridge collapse adds to India's Commonwealth Games woe

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A footbridge being built for the Commonwealth Games in India collapsed on Tuesday, injuring 27 people and highlighting the raft of problems that have so far blighted the event, meant to showcase the emerging global power.

Preparations for October's Commonwealth Games, intended to be the coming out party for India the Olympics were for China, are down to the wire and the event risks descending into farce.

The shooting of two foreign visitors by suspected militants in Delhi on Sunday has combined with a dengue fever epidemic, heavy monsoon rains, delayed construction, graft scandals and traffic chaos to give the Games that sinking feeling.

Police said the collapsed bridge was just outside the main stadium, putting India's sometimes lax construction standards again in the spotlight.

Concerns over security and health forced discus world champion Dani Samuels of Australia to pull out of the Games, another blow to organisers at pains to assure participants of complete safety.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell said on Tuesday the two-week event, starting October 3, was seriously compromised by conditions at the Games village that have "shocked the majority."

However Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Jamaica said they had no plans to pull out.

"We have gone to Games before, not only in Third World countries, where weeks before the event people were concerned about the state of readiness and when the Games began everything was in place," Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association vice president Warren Blake said.

Officials also remained upbeat. "I am as confident and as cool as ever about our organizing. These are all minor hiccups," Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy told reporters.

Dismal preparations have, for many, underscored the out-of-touch, slow-paced leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Congress government, raising questions how a graft-ridden, inefficient state can hope to compete with China.

The government's pro-poor voter image may suffer from tales of billions of wasted dollars. A perception of India's entrepreneurial prowess threatening Western jobs may slip if roofs leak and journalists wonder where the Wi-Fi is.

"Fingers crossed, India may pull off a miracle," said Boria Majumdar, a sports historian who has written the book 'Sellotape Legacy: Delhi and the Commonwealth Games'.

"But it will have to be a miracle. No doubt about that."

The Games village and security -- construction delays mean venues have been locked down by police only two weeks before the Games -- are the two major weakness of the Games, Majumdar said.

Some four or five accommodation towers at the Games village are still unfinished, lacking facilities such as wireless Internet, fitted toilets and plumbing. Rubble, unused masonry and discarded bricks litter the unfinished gardens.

A crude cement slope appeared to be an unplanned fix for disabled athletes requiring access to one apartment block.

The athletes' training centre was still to be fitted out. The water in the training and recreational swimming pools was dirty, with insect larvae breeding on the surface.

"There have had some delegations staying there and they have been reporting constantly about the filth in the village," Fennell told CNN-IBN TV.

Organisers say there is no question the Games will be put off, but the nightmare is that one delegation exits and that leads to an avalanche. And the problems are not receding.

With the $6 billion Games way behind schedule, there have been worries stagnant puddles in construction sites have proved breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Hundreds of Delhi residents are hospitalised in one of the worst dengue epidemics in years.


With costs running 17 times more than original estimates, the government's anti-corruption watchdog identified 16 projects with suspect financing.

The insistence to hold the Games in October has led to some athletes pulling out due to conflicts with Olympic qualifiers. October also means the opening ceremony may be ruined by rains.

Triple Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the most high profile top athlete to decided to skip the event.

But many venues, including the main Jawaharlal Nehru stadium have been praised as world class.

Other events such as the 2004 Athens Olympics were dogged by problems but turned out fine. Beijing was hit by worries over the torch relay and Tibet protests but ended in media glory.

Some officials say foreigners do not understand how India works. Sport Minister Manohar Singh Gill said it is like an Indian wedding where chaos ends in a well-planned ceremony.

But scandals have sent shivers down the government that since the summer has effectively replaced many organisers with top civil servants, giving the Games access to more funds.

However, the Congress government was late getting involved, highlighting its slow pace in dealing with issues ranging from economic reforms to separatist violence in Kashmir.

"It's just one of so many goof-ups," said Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a political economist. "This will not do the government any good. When you have a big bash and benefits are minimal it sharpens and widens the inequalities in India. People notice."
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Yeah will they wont they?

I hope this event goes ahead, I hope it is a success. Ive only heard bad reports but is that just due to the west whipping up a huge story out of a couple of bad incidents? I know this is getting bad coverage in India itself but their media is the worst in the world by far.

Maybe they needed another 4-8 years to develop before hosting such an event?????
The substandard workmanship is a real concern and the safety of athletes and spectators is paramount. I think the country needed more time to develop and actualy get some decent safety standards before holding such a large event!!
^^ Absolutely. I think (hope) the terrorism aspect is overstated.

As for holding an event of this size. india did host the Asian Games back in 1984 I think. That went ok i believe despite it being a really tumultuous year for the country as a whole.
Yeh its not good. The leadup has been plauged by so many problems - budget blowouts from corruption, poor safety standards, venues and village struggling to be completed, terrorism fears, probability of monsoon rains, possibility of malaria epidemic, top athletes who don't care to attend. At this point, if the games go ahead at all, then the mark of a successful Commonwealth Games will be if nobody dies, which is looking less likely everyday.

On a side note, this bodes well for the Gold Coast 2018 bid - if Delhi can't put together a Commonwealth Games, how on earth is a fishing village in Sri Lanka going to be able to?
^Sri Lanka will probably fare better than India. It's a small, close-knit country with a fairly efficient government.
Ive only heard bad reports but is that just due to the west whipping up a huge story out of a couple of bad incidents? I know this is getting bad coverage in India itself but their media is the worst in the world by far.
Yeah because their journalism about Australia is always fair and balanced, not to mention accurate. I wouldn't say they have the worst media (easily NK), just the stupidest.
India had intended this event to be a "stepping stone" to a bid for the 2020 Olympics. If anything, its damaged their chances.

if anything, the CGF are to blame for this also for not monitoring and regulating the preparations earlier. The last three Games, Melbourne, Manchester and KL were technically perfect, and they assumed the same for Delhi. They were too busy trying to lure sponsors by overstating how well preparations were going.

Gold Coast is a sure bet for 2018... but how often is Australia expected to stand in like this as the only real candidate and save the Games? Same thing happened with Melbourne for 2006.
^You're wrong.It didn't damage our chances, it killed them, because after allegations of widespread corruption surfaced a couple of months back, the IOC's bid for the olympics was rejected in parliament.
Shall we just fast forward to Glasgow? How far along are they with their preparations?
Yaar these are small incidence which happens everywhere in the world....our shit media has been soo soo negative people cannot come to INDIA to see the actual guys are dependent on media reports and that has what done us in....

Its all fault of one man...SURESH KALMADI...the chief of OC..he is the culprit...
this has destroyed Inidias chances of hosting the Olympics, Gold Coast is the logical bet for 2018 to ensure stability
Does anyone care about the Commonwealth games anyway? They're a highly average sporting event.
^^ bro I can just hope for support from some of you guys...India is not what is being shown in here...Its Kalmadi the president of OC who has dented INDIA's image..
this will be great for tourism
Australians do :D
Not for this Australian. After we started really dominating (around Auckland's CG), it has been hard to get excited. Or even marginally above a state of ennui.
Now the ceiling in the weight lifting venue has collapsed... :eek:hno:
this will be great for tourism
Not as good as Oprah
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