CW GAMES WATCH: Aussies angle for a slice of Games glory – Days after cribbing about security and rooms, Canberra does a somersault – no more curry bashing or getting bashed ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi, Oct. 8: Success has many fathers, one of whom goes by the name of Australia.
“It is very exciting for us to participate and to be involved in the delivery of the Games in Delhi via Australia’s niche expertise in sport and the business of sport,” the country’s high commissioner, Peter Varghese, said today.
Australia, which not too many days ago was cribbing about security and accommodation for its squad, now wants a share of the credit for the staging of the Games.
The Australian high commission claimed in a statement that the country had contributed to the infrastructure for the event.
“While Australian athletes compete trackside at the Commonwealth Games, Australian firms have already won business gold in Delhi and are working with India to stage the Games. The ascending tally of gold medals is yet to catch up with 47 companies that have won A$83 million in Games contracts,” the statement said, going on to list the companies.
But the Games organising committee, which took the stick for poor preparations in the run-up, is not amused. “Why doesn’t the high commissioner talk about SMAM, the Australian company which had been contracted to raise sponsorships but whose contract had to be terminated as it failed to raise any,” said a senior committee official who did not want to be named.
The official added that Australia’s claim of being in charge of the food at the Games Village should be taken with a pinch of salt. Much of the work was being done by caterers from a five-star hotel chain, with the Australians hired as consultants.
The high commission’s statement had said: “Australian firms are delivering on Games contracts for services including broadcasting, catering for Games Village, concept and logistics for the Queen’s Baton Relay, design and detailing of Games venues and pyrotechnics for the opening and closing ceremonies.
“Howard’s Pyrotechnics, which delivered the fireworks for the opening ceremony, brought two 40-foot containers of fireworks and specialist equipment to produce the pyrotechnics for the opening and closing events. A crew of 22 pyrotechnic specialists have been working for a month on site in Delhi in the lead-up to the Games.”
Australian companies have joint ventures with Indian companies to bid for projects beyond the Commonwealth Games, such as the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and the 2011 Formula One.
Varghese said the involvement of “such a significant number of Australian firms in the Games reflects the complementarity of our two countries and highlights the potential of the economic relationship”.
“The Commonwealth Games has brought Australians and Indians together in the spirit of celebration,” he added.
Only months ago, relations between New Delhi and Canberra had nosedived after what India saw as insensitive government handling of the spate of race attacks on Indian students in Australia.
In a coincidence, today’s Bollywood releases include the film Crook: It is Good to be Bad, which shows racial attacks on Indian students in Australia with the local police hand in glove with the attackers.
The high commission statement painstakingly listed the contribution of the Australian companies to the Games.
“The lightweight tensile roof for the iconic Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which at 54,000 square metre, is the largest of its kind in Asia, was installed by Taiyo Membrane,” it said.
“The International Broadcasting Centre (IBC) measuring approximately 9,000 square feet was built and shipped to India as a complete working unit by Global Television,” the statement added.
“Sports Technology International (STI), Australia’s leading supplier of artificial turf and sports surfaces, installed the elite hockey pitch at the Major Dhyan Chand National Hockey Stadium.”
India could not have asked for more proof that the Games are being seen as a success.
Meet Rahul, VIP aam aadmi – Gandhi scion buys ticket like other spectators & sits among them – what’s bad about being a little good, way to go Rahul, making a proper political statement ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
New Delhi, Oct. 9: VIPs, learn from Rahul the “commoner”.
For the second successive day, Rahul Gandhi sat in the spectators’ gallery to watch boxers and wrestlers fight it out at the Commonwealth Games, entering the stadium after buying tickets like any ordinary sports lover.
The young MP walked in accompanied by his SPG guards, sat among the spectators and even obliged kids who queued up for his autograph.
If the Congress general secretary was trying to shame the capital’s VIP breed, known for their freeloading habits, it wasn’t immediately clear if he had succeeded.
In Delhi, anybody who is somebody angles for passes for any important event. A pass is, after all, a status symbol.
But Rahul did send across a message — sometimes, they might as well condescend to buy tickets like a commoner and not hanker for a pass.
A Games source said there was a lesson in Rahul’s conduct for Delhi’s so-called VIPs. “It would help us to turn down their unreasonable demands in the future,” he added.
Yesterday, Rahul’s nephew and niece came to catch the action at the swimming stadium. The kids, children of his sister Priyanka, sat alongside other spectators.
Sources said the children refused to be shifted to the VIP enclosure. “So unobtrusive was their behaviour that nobody in the crowd had an inkling they were sitting beside members of the Gandhi family,” said a police official.
At the other end of the stadium, Khazan Singh Tokas, former swimming champion and venue manager, battled requests from numerous personal assistants of bureaucrats and politicians for free access for friends and relatives.
The kids’ father, Robert Vadra, was with Rahul at the neighbouring boxing stadium. Rahul, a boxing enthusiast, sat at the stadium for over two hours and watched India’s Vijender Singh win his bout.
Vijender later said he was honoured to have Rahul in the stands. “There was added pressure because Rahul Gandhi was there,” he said.
Rahul later hugged Vijender when the boxer went up to him to shake his hands.
Today again Rahul was back at the boxing stadium before he went over to the wrestling venue to catch the action.
Before Rahul, home minister P. Chidambaram had led by example when, on October 4, he visited the swimming stadium. Chidambaram sat in the VIP lounge but his daughter-in-law and granddaughter sat among the spectators in the general galley.
Chidambaram refused an offer by officials to accommodate them in the VIP lounge.
Australia rules pool again and Coutts leads the Gold rush – with the natural Olympics Experience ?!!
New Delhi, 9 October 2010: Australia once again ruled the pool at Delhi 2010 and the signs are that this is not about to change anytime soon.
The Australians won 21 Gold, 16 Silver and 16 Bronze medals in the six-day meet, with Alicia Coutts (AUS) taking most Golds – five- and Emily Seebohm (AUS) collecting a total of eight medals in all.
Some 24 Games records were broken, most of them by the powerhouse Australians.
England was a distant second in the medal standings, with seven Gold, 16 Silver and 11 Bronze, while South Africa finished a surprising third with seven Gold, four silver and five Bronze.
Leisel Jones (AUS) rewrote Games history twice in the six-day event. She became the first triple-double winner in Games history, successfully defending her titles in the 100 m and 200 m Breaststroke for a third consecutve Games. She also won her 10th Games Gold on Saturday to equal Susie O’Neill (AUS) and Ian Thorpe (AUS) for the most career titles by an individual in Games history.
The 15-year-old Yolane Kujla (AUS) served notice that she be a regular medal winner at future Games when she won Gold in the 50 m Freestyle on her debut.
Rebecca Adlington (ENG) fared best against the Australians, winning the Women’s 400m and 800m Freestyle events.
In the Men’s events, Geoffrey Huegill (AUS) capped his return to elite competition by winning the 100 m Butterfly in a Games record time of 51.69sec and taking Silver in the 50 m Butterfly. He retired in 2004 and had to shed 45 kg when he resumed his career four years later.
With the 2012 Olympic Games on the horizon, the England’s swimmers in contention to represent Team GB in London, showed their preparations are on track. Liam Tantock (ENG) won Gold and set Commonwealth Games records in the 50 m Backstroke and 100 m Backstroke. Victory in the 200 m Backstroke Gold went to his teammate James Goddard who also won the 200m Individual Medley.
Chad LE Clos(RSA) was the most successful male swimmer at the Delhi 2010. He won two Gold medals, one Silver and one Bronze.
Brent Hayden (CAN) was the fastest man in the pool, winning the 50 m Freestyle and the 100 m Freestyle in Games’ record times of 22.01sec and 47.98sec respectively.
South Africa’s Natalie Du Toit won her seventh Para Sports medal on Saturday and only five swimmers have won more Gold medals in the history of the Games. – GNS
New World fairground and a colonial hangover – cutting the psychological umbical cord and coming into one’s own, acceptable by The Bengal Mind or to realize in a childlike tantrum ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
BY AVEEK SEN
New Delhi, Oct. 8: The air is changing in Delhi. I got off the gleaming new HOHO (Hop On, Hop Off) bus, ushered out by a liveried Commonwealth Games volunteer from the Northeast (perhaps ‘hoho’ meant something else to him).
I found myself in front of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) in the middle of Lutyens’s Delhi. It was lovely to linger on the pavement with its pruned hedges and feel that nip in the air. This must be how Lady Mountbatten felt on a fine morning in Delhi with nothing particular to do.
Suddenly, I sensed a collective, uniformed gaze fixed on me. There were as many policemen at the NGMA’s Gate No. 3 as there were at the main entrance to the Jama Masjid on the day of the verdict.
One policeman walked up to me and asked if I was waiting for somebody. No, I said, quickly switching from lingering to purposive, I want to go into the museum.
As I walked across the garden towards the New Wing, there were tribal dancers leaping into the air while playing their drums to sarkari malis crouching on the grass with their backs to them, a gaggle of volunteers in their Reebok gear, and a couple of press photographers. In their regulation tribal wear (satin dhoti, sequined jacket, headgear and makeup), they looked like shreds of the laser-and-helium opening ceremony, ballooned out of a fantastical India and dropped into the light of common day.
After another round of security checks, I got to the first of the many exhibitions inside. It was of Company paintings from the museum’s collection and, in a few minutes, I found exact counterparts among the paintings of the policemen, malis and dancers who were outside, down to the last detail of expression and attire.
Looking at the faces and persons of these colonial subalterns hanging in the museum, with their docile eyes and bowed heads, the vague discomfort I’d been feeling over the last few days became clearer to me.
In a city made and remade for wealth, spectacle, protocol and power, a certain, seemingly timeless, form of servility comes naturally to the ordinary (and less than ordinary) hordes who serve Delhi’s unending flow of important people with capitally insecure egos.
The staff in my guesthouse, the drivers who take me round the city, the security men who guard all day and night the many gates of this neurotically gated city, the odd-jobs men who shuffle about in vast numbers in libraries, museums, embassies, secretariats and ministries —all seem to use, especially when spoken to in English, that little word, “sir”, in tones and gestures I have seldom encountered in any other Indian city.
Standing amid the art and architecture, with the drumming and dancing going on outside, the grandest of vistas and avenues opening up all around, and the roofs of the state-of-the-art Games venues showing above the treetops like distant peaks, I realised how much of Delhi was built and rebuilt to make people feel physically small in relation to heights and distances that create their own structures of dream-like inaccessibility.
During an event like the Commonwealth Games, therefore, a strange contradiction, at once architectural and political, begins to dog the city. Delhi is left with the unenviable task of having to create a festive, welcoming, fairground spirit within a physical and cultural infrastructure that is founded on inequality and exclusion — on keeping people out rather than letting them in.
As you speed down a wonderful new road or flyover, you are invited to look endlessly ahead. But if you look left or right, colourful screens of plex might prevent you from seeing what you are not meant to see.
At its most spruced up and modernised, and with something like the Metro providing high-calibre (though not low-cost) mobility, today’s Delhi cannot quite decide what to do with its feudal and imperial past when trying to project itself to the world as a 21st-century democracy. And trying to do this in the name of an archaic and politically dodgy piece of fiction like the Commonwealth doesn’t help.
Watching the Prince and the President sitting together, like Prospero and Miranda, above the stream of nations and territories processing merrily below them, some with names that are more flavours than names (Antigua & Barbuda, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Tristan da Cunha, Turks & Caicos Islands), I found myself slipping into a sort of pre-political-correctness, a New World stupor: even the parading of the Hottentot Venus wouldn’t have surprised me then.
Yet, this merriment was also, and as delightfully, about cheering India’s emergence into the post-everything world, watched over by the global balloon that was at once Tree of Knowledge and Mushroom Cloud.
Inside the NGMA, as I explored the labyrinth of art —good, bad and indifferent —hung pell-mell to tell the story of Indian modernism, I slowly began to feel strange presences around me.
Flocks of dressed-up “tribals” had entered the gallery, looking unreal, exhausted and lost. Bored with the lack of audiences and sweating in their costumes, they wandered listlessly among the Benode Beharis, Sher-Gils and Ravi Vermas. I asked one group where they were from, as we stood surrounded by immense painted posters of Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Nutan and Vyjayanthimala.
“Konkani, Konkani!” they giggled at me, before a guard came and whisked them away in a trice.
But I met them again at the entrance to Charles Correa’s Crafts Museum in Pragati Maidan. This time, they were standing so still in the twilight among the terracotta statues and Bishnupuri horses that I wondered for a moment if they were a diorama. They had been brought in to decorate the reception being hosted by the Australians around an exhibition of clothes and textiles, called Power Clothes of the Commonwealth, put together during the Melbourne Games.
It showed Queen Victoria’s diamond-jubilee gloves and the khadi blanket gifted to Reginald Reynolds by Gandhi. Draped around tailor’s dummies were a shawl worn by Gandhi, a jacket worn by Nehru, and Nelson Mandela’s Madiba shirt next to a Zulu king’s headdress.
The way out was through a courtyard with a fake, unmanned paan-bidi shop in one corner and craftsmen selling their stuff in sheds that were part of an abandoned model village.
I wondered what to do if I met the living diorama again. I had avoided meeting their eyes while coming in, feeling embarrassed for myself and for them. Should I smile at them this time — or keep pretending they did not exist?
DTC uses CWG to showcase India’s ability to host international mega events – a bid for the Olympics next but has India come of age and political maturity yet ?!!
From Economic Times
NEW DELHI, 8 OCT, 2010, 10.28PM IST, AGENCIES: The ongoing XIXth Commonwealth Games has served as an ideal platform for the Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) to showcase its ability to transform its fleet of buses into vehicles matching international standards.
Currently, 600 high-tech buses manufactured by TATA Motors are being run across the length and breadth of the national capital with the help of green fuel-CNG. This exclusive fleet is being used to transport athletes, media and technicians participating in the CWG.
The fleet is operating out of the CWG bus depot at Indraprastha, Delhi, along the banks of river Yamuna.
It is centrally located to various competition /practice venues, games village and the airport. It is spread over 60 acres land and is the largest depot in the world with a capacity of 1000 buses.
It was developed in a record time of nine months with full-fledged parking facilities, workshops, CNG filling and washing units. It has been built from the land retrieved from the ash pond of an erstwhile power plant.
Commonwealth Games 2010 Observing Committee members visited the depot to check and discussed with DTC management the working of transport systems and facilities available in the premises.
Neil Deveni, Member, Glasgow Observing Committee, said: “Absolutely fantastic bus network. This is the largest and I have ever seen and very clean, modern and comfortable.”
“It is fantastic, obviously lots of buses, some of the equipments are new and very good and impressive, said Master Buzeco, Scotland.
“Very impressive compound, huge number of buses. We have never seen so many buses before and our experience about this service is absolutely excellent. It legacy for the city and the people of delhi, said Ian Reid, Finance Director, CWG, Glasgow 2014.
“They were very happy and impressed and appreciated our efforts,” said Naresh Kumar, Chairman and Managing Director, DTC
The transportation of 7000 odd athletes and officials of CWG is not an easy task coupled with the transportation needs of general public and spectators for the events.
The DTC has dedicated team of 2500 personnel, which runs the CWG bus operations.
Before any bus leaves for the Games Village to pick up the athletes, it is fully sanitized. The bus is checked by anti sabotage teams that use sniffer dogs and bomb disposal squads. Delhi police and paramilitary force guard the depot and 36 CCTVs are installed to track movement inside and outside the depot.
Each bus is fitted with radio frequency tag, GPS system and tetra communication sets for the purpose of security and communication sets for the purpose of security and instant communications.
To maintain punctuality, the schedule of buses is decided well in advance in consultation with the CWG Organizing Committee on daily basis.
A dedicated schedule section of DTC and OC works round the clock from CWG bus depot communicating the hourly requirement of buses that is communicated to the specific driver / conductor and the security personnel in advance who assemble at the given time to execute the transport operations.
The DTC fleet of 600 buses is responsible for transporting players from airport to games village to 12 competition venues and six other practice venues apart from transporting media persons and technicians from various hotel locations.
Delhi police is providing full proof security for each bus when the bus leaves this place it is followed by two security vehicle which have about ten security personnel.
The DTC story establishes India’s credibility to handle and host mega sporting events like the CWG, which is only next to the Olympics in scale with professionalism.
Commonwealth Games 2010: technology and ticketing providing no end of problems – the problem of not planning ahead for all contingencies and not looking down time, and not to forget the thumb rule of short-sighted corruption opportunities taken by the unwise ?!!
Olympic organisers say they will learn lessons from the serious ticketing and technology problems at the Commonwealth Games that have been so bad the system has teetered on the verge of collapse.
From The UK Telegraph
By Jacquelin Magnay
Published: 7:56PM BST 10 Oct 2010: The most basic information needed for athletes, officials and technical delegates to conduct the competitions in New Delhi have ground to a halt.
In addition, the technology surrounding the sale of tickets has been immersed in scandal and incompetence, with spectators told venues are sold out, only to see on television the stands are half empty. Ticket offices often sell tickets but are then unable to print them out.
The ticketing debacle has even extended to fraud. On Sunday police arrested two people, including a volunteer who worked with the organising committee, for selling tickets at double the face value even though they were supposed to be given to schoolchildren for free.
“This has been an eye-opener into how not to do things, and how important it is for the whole system to be integrated from the word go, and tested months ahead of time,” said a London official who has been embedded in the Games staffing.
“The technology has been the biggest disaster and it has only been the goodwill of everyone being patient and trying to work around the issues that any results are being published, it is a nightmare. Technology and tickets, the two big items and they have failed both here, it has been a really valuable lesson for us not to cut any corners with this.”
Behind the scenes the results and information service which provides basic details such as schedules, times, placings, medal tallies and flash quotes from athletes has failed miserably. Commentators and journalists have to rely on scoreboard timings that flash up at a venue, sometimes for just seconds. The alternative is to wait more than four or five hours for such results.
“The main area we are very unhappy with is the Games info system,” Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell said.
Organising committee executives said the problem was the integration of the information at the venues on to the mainframe. Experts have been working on the problem of corrupted files and unworkable slow data speeds since before the opening ceremony, but it has now got to the stage that the information is being emailed around on pdf files.
Swiss Timing was charged with integrating the system at each venue into the main system but with just four days of competition remaining, the system still does not work.
Fennell said integration of the results was always challenging at Games and the contract had to be carefully handled.
Commonwealth Games 2010: What’s going wrong in Delhi today? – fear of terrorism and TV convenience or sports never properly hyped in India as the only healthy show of bringing out the best ?!!
Empty stands, blocked lavatories, collapsing scoreboards, vomiting swimmers and striking officials – it’s been a shocking few days for Commonwealth Games organizers.
From The UK Telegraph
Published: 11:00AM BST 10 Oct 2010: Gold medals are being decided in blue-riband events such as swimming and athletics, but the whole event continues to be overshadowed by problems affecting athletes, spectators and officials. Here’s a round-up of exactly what’s been going wrong.
- The water filtration system for the main pool at the aquatics centre failed completely turning the water cloudy and dirty to the point athletes could not see more than two metres underwater.
- Not a spectator in sight in road races due to over-zealous policing. A volunteer has been reported to the police for selling complementary passes. The company who won the merchandising contract have bounced a big cheque on the organising committee because they have not been able to set up merchandise stalls at any of the venues due to security clampdown.
- The ghost-town for the men’s cycling race gave journalists a good opportunity to grill the Organising Committee today. “There were no tickets for the cycling event, it was free,” Lalit Bhanot, the committee’s secretary general, said. “Yes, there are people there.””They (spectators) are there at different locations,” Games chairman Suresh Kalmadi said. Where were these locations?
- Pakistan’s chef-de-mission – Dr M Ali Shah – claims Rs24,800 was stolen form his hotel room while he ate breakfast at this team’s hotel.
- Athletics judges are threatening to strike unless there is an improvement in their transport arrangements. Officials were kept waiting for buses to take them to their hotels for four hours on the opening night of the athletics programme, with many not getting to bed until 2am before having to return to the stadium six hours later.
- Athletics officials banned from using ‘recall’ gun to signal false starts. Instead, they had to make do with an old-fashioned gun that produces a much quieter bang. Athletes in a men’s 100 metres heat failed to hear the recall and carried on to the finish. The race had to be rerun. The problem has been made worse by the noise inside the stadium, with spectators refusing to be quiet at the start of races.
- Drains in the athletes’ village are blocked due to thousands of condoms being flushed away. “If that is happening, it shows that there is use of condoms and I think that is a very positive story,” said Commonwealth Federation President Mike Fennell. Full story …
- Electronic scoreboard collapsed at the rugby sevens venue. Full story …
- Ugandan officials were injured when their car crashed following a malfunction of a security barrier.
- Journalists complained about failing technology causing late notification of event results.
- Spectators were turned away from booths which were unable to print their tickets.
- Police raided organising committee HQ. They discovered that accreditation for 2,000 athletes and officials had been incorrectly awarded.
- Stomach bug continued to sweep through athletes’ village.
- Three hours before the dight-day athletics competition began, an army of workers was still struggling to prepare the shot putt ring, erect the net around the hammer ring, put up hoardings and assemble the medal podiums.
- Buckets of thick mud had to be dragged out of the steeplechase water jump with workers using a cycle-wheelbarrow to ferry it away.
- Spectators were few and far between for the athletics – just 6,000 were in a stadium designed for 10 times that number.
Commonwealth Games Schedule for Monday (11th Oct 2010)
From The Times of India
AFP, Oct 10, 2010, 09.41pm IST: Monday October 11, 2010 (15 medals)
17:30 Women’s Discus Throw – Final
17:35 Men’s Pole Vault – Final
17:40 Women’s 100m Hurdles – Final
17:55 Women’s 4x400m Relay – Round 1
18:10 Men’s 4x400m Relay – Round 1
18:15 Men’s Triple Jump – Qualifying A+B
18:30 Men’s 3000m Steeplechase – Final
18:50 Men’s 1500m – Round 1
19:10 Women’s 800m – Final
19:20 Women’s 4x100m Relay – Round 1
19:25 Men’s Javelin Throw – Qualifying – Pool 1
19:35 Men’s 4x100m Relay – Round 1
19:55 Men’s 10,000m – Final
09:00-15:00 Mens, Women’s, mixed Singles & Doubles Events – Preliminary Rounds
18:00-22:00 Mens, Women’s, mixed Singles & Doubles Events – Quarter Finals
Lightflyweight (49kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
Bantamweight (56kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
Light Welterweight (64kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
Middleweight (75kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
Heavyweight (91kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
SF Flyweight (52kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
SF Lightweight (60kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
SF Welterweight (69kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
SF Light Heavyweight (81kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
SF Super Heavyweight (Over 91kg) Semi-finals (2 Bouts)
Men’s 3m Springboard Heats
Women’s Platform Heats
Men’s 3m Springboard Final
Women’s Platform Final
08:30-10:00: 5th Women Pool A Vs 5th Women Pool B (Women 9th & 10th)
11:00-12:30: 1st Women Pool A Vs 2nd Women Pool B (Women semifinal)
13:30-15:00: 3rd Women Pool A Vs 3rd Women Pool B (Women 5th & 6th)
17:30-19:00: 1st Women Pool B Vs 2nd Women Pool A (Women semifinal)
20:00-21:30: 4th Women Pool A Vs 4th Women Pool B (Women 7th & 8th)
Men’s Singles – Round 5
Women’s Singles – Round 5
Men’s Pairs – Semi Finals
Women’s Pairs – Semi Finals
Women’s Singles – Round 6
Men’s Singles – Round 6
Women’s Pairs Bronze Medal Game
Men’s Pairs Gold Medal Game
Women’s Singles- Round 7
Mens’ Singles – Round 6
Men’s Pairs Bronze Medal Game
Women’s Pairs Gold Medal Game
Men’s Singles – Round 7
09:30-11:00 – 31 Classification
11:30-13:00 – 32 Classification
15:00-16:30 – 33 Classification
17:00-18:30 – 34 Classification
09:00 1 B1 South Africa vs B3 Tonga
09:22 2 B2 Wales vs B4 India
09:44 3 A1 New Zealand vs A3 Canada
10:06 4 A2 Scotland vs A4 Guyana
10:28 5 D1 England vs D3 Sri Lanka
10:50 6 D2 Australia vs D4 Uganda
11:22 7 C1 Samoa vs C3 Papua New Guinea
11:44 8 C2 Kenya vs C4 Malaysia
12:06 9 B1 South Africa vs B4 India
12:28 10 B2 Wales vs B3 Tonga
12:50 11 A1 New Zealand vs A4 Guyana
13:12 12 A2 Scotland vs A3 Canada
14:04 13 D1 England vs D4 Uganda
14:26 14 D2 Australia vs D3 Sri Lanka
14:48 15 C1 Samoa vs C4 Malaysia
15:10 16 C2 Kenya vs C3 Papua New Guinea
15:32 17 B3 Tonga vs B4 India
15:54 18 A3 Canada vs A4 Guyana
16:26 19 D3 Sri Lanka vs D4 Uganda
16:48 20 C3 Papua New Guinea vs C4 Malaysia
17:10 21 B1 South Africa vs B2 Wales
17:32 22 A1 New Zealand vs A2 Scotland
17:54 23 D1 England vs D2 Australia
18:16 24 C1 Samoa vs C2 Kenya
09:00 10:15 Women’s SB 50m Prone Rifle (Pairs) Final
10:00-15:00 Men’s Skeet (Pairs) Final
10:00-10:45 Full Bore Pairs 600 Yards
11:15-13:30 Full Bore Singles 600 Yards
Men’s Doubles – Pools
Mixed Doubles – Pools
Women’s Doubles – Pools
Men’s Doubles – quarter-finals
Mixed Doubles – quarter-finals
Women’s Doubles – quarter-finals
Mixed Doubles – Round 3
Men’s Singles – Round 2
Women’s Singles – Round 2
Men’s Doubles – Round 2
Women’s Doubles – Round 2
Men’s Doubles – Round 3
Women’s Singles – Round 3
Men’s Singles – Round 3
Mixed Doubles quarter-finalsx4
18:30-21:00: Men’s 105+kg Category
Indian pugilists rule the ring – Indian Gorkha Shiva Thapa, yet to come into the limelight ?!!
New Delhi 9 October 2010: Four-and-a-half days into the Delhi 2010 Boxing competition and the Indians are still firmly in the hunt for medals.
Nine of the host nation’s 10 boxers have won at least one bout and two of them – Light-flyweight Amandeep Singh and Flyweight Suranjoy Mayengbam are assured of a Bronze.
The only Indian yet to see action is Light-heavyweight Dinesh Kumar, who will be seen in the ring on Saturday night.
Singh became the first Indian boxer to be assured of a medal when he outpointed Malaysia’s Muhammad Fuad 7-1, and will next run into Olympic bronze medallist Paddy Barnes (NIR), who beat Australian Andrew Moloney 5-3 on points.
Mayengbam outclassed Malaysia’s Mohd. Subrie 9-2 to ensure India another bronze medal in the Flyweight (52 kg) category. The third Indian boxer, Manpreet Singh, overran Tanzania’s Haruna Mhando 15-3 to enter the Heavyweight (91kg) category quarter-finals.
Others to watch out for are, Melbourne 2006 defending champion Jafet Uutoni (NAM), who won his Light-flyweight quarter-final bout easily, beating Jason Lavigilante (MRI) 5-0 on points.
Pakistan are now assured of two bronze medals. Muhammad Waseem moved past Ghana’s Duke Micah in the Light-flyweight division, while Haroon Iqbal, overlooked by England selectors, beat Welshman Andrew Selby on countback after their scores were locked at 3-3 at the end of their Flyweight bout.
International Boxing Association chief loves India experience at Delhi 2010 – Shiva yet to have international coaching for the 2012 Olympics in Londong ?!!
New Delhi, 6 October 2010: Impressed with the venues and all praise for the Indian boxers, International Boxing Association President Ching-Kuo Wu says he is having a gala time at the Commonwealth Games here.
“I am very pleased to see the venues here. The level of competition is very high with so many countries coming here and yes, of course I have been watching Indian boxers, they have done well for themselves. It has been good here,” Wu said.
Wu was particularly enamoured by the dome-shaped Talkatora Indoor arena which is hosting the boxing competition
of the Games.
“It’s a lovely stadium. Indian boxing is rising very fast and that is why you have an Olympic and World Championship medallist (in Vijender Singh). There are some very good boxers coming up and hopefully they will continue to do well. The foundation is there, you just have to build on it,” he added.
Wu said India is important to AIBA’s scheme of things and some international events might come to the country in future.
“Why not? India will certainly have more international events because it is a huge market. The crowd is so good, there is so much interest in the sport which is very good to see. You can even bid for the World Championships, join in, who knows there might be a World Championship here,” he said.
“The World Series of Boxing, in which India is a franchise, is also coming here next month and I hope it gets a good response from the people. It is very important that people connect with the game and it is happening here in India, which is very nice to see,” he said.
The AIBA brought about some major changes in international boxing earlier this year, making bouts a three-rounds-of-three-minutes-each affair instead of the previous four-rounds-of-two-minutes each but Wu ruled out the introduction of video referrals in live matches.
“Referrals are there after the bout. We can’t have them in live bouts because it is just an 11-minute affair. But one can protest after the bout. But we have not got protests ever since the introduction of neutral referees and judges,” he said.
“In the men’s world championship last year, there were zero protest and same was the case at the women’s world championships this year. The teams know that a loss is a loss and they can’t attribute it to anything else,” he said.
Wu said among the many changes that have been introduced in officiating the bouts is the zero tolerance to passive defence in boxing. “You just can’t stand there in the ring with a shell guard. You cannot have a passive defence like that. If a boxer tries to run around too much or defend too much, he is cautioned and even warned by the referees,” he said. – PTI
OGQ to support young boxer Shiva Thapa – all Indian Gorkhas waiting for his golden victory ?!!
From The Times of India
NEW DELHI, PTI, Aug 16, 2010, 09.40pm IST: Olympic Gold Quest on Monday said that it will be supporting 16-year-old boxer Shiva Thapa as part of its Vision 2016 program.
Shiva had recently won a silver medal winner at the World Youth Boxing Championship.
He took up the sport at the tender age of seven and was initially coached by his father Padam Thapa.
“Shiva is an enormous talent. He must be groomed well because he has the talent, the right attitude and the hunger to succeed. OGQ has very high hopes from Shiva and I am confident that he will become one of India’s top boxing stars in the near future,” OGQ chief operating officer and former international hockey player, Viren Rasquinha said in a statement.
Shiva, who currently fights in the 54 Kgs weight category, had also won a gold in the 50 kg division representing at Hyder Aliyev International Boxing Championship held in Azerbaijan, Baku in May 2008.
He also won two bronze medals at The IV International Sports Games “Children of Asia” held in Yakutia in 50 kg category in July 2008 and AIBA World Junior Boxing Championship held in Yerevan, Armenia in 52 kg category in May 2009.
However, Shiva’s biggest win came earlier this year when he won the silver medal at the World Youth Boxing Championship at Baku and in the process qualified for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games which (was) underway in Singapore.
7000 artistes to perform at closing event – but without the glitter and best of Bollywood ?!!
From The Times of India
By Ambika Pandit
NEW DELHI, Oct 10, 2010, 05.20am IST, (TNN): The closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on October 14 will be a show of unity and solidarity. While the flag parade of the opening ceremony separately introduced each of the contingents from the 71 participating nations, the closing ceremony promises to be a fun fiesta — the march-past will feature jumbled groups of participating athletes — to send out a message that they are leaving as one big family.
Having handed over the field of play (FOP) at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for athletics on Wednesday, the organising committee’s ceremonies team is busy with preparations for the closing ceremony, which they promise will also deliver the ”wow factor”.
According to sources, though the theme and essence of the closing ceremony will be completely different from the opening spectacle, it will be as grand an event. This time too, about 7,000 artistes will come together to present a spellbinding show.
The opening parade saw athletes from participating countries move in separate contingents with their placards. But the closing event seeks to showcase that all contingents — each of which came with its unique identity — have been united as one happy Games family.
”The rains had affected preparations for the opening ceremony for most part of September. But we successfully pulled it off. The closing, too, is a challenge as we will get very little time to put together all the logistics. But the team will focus on a minimalistic yet innovative approach to retain the ”wow factor”,” said Shovana Narayan, head of ceremonies team. She, however, refused to divulge any further details.
After the opening ceremony on October 3, the ceremonies team had been working to restore the field of play.
About 16,000sqm of grass was planted on the FOP before it was handed over on Wednesday morning for the athletics event.
Around midnight on October 12, when the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is handed back to the ceremonies creative team, it will get just 24 hours to convert the FOP into a theatre all over again.
”Our team will be working by the clock. Every minute will count. The lights, videos, aerostat, the conversion of FOP into a theatre, and all other arrangements will be put in place within a very short period. The cast will be brought in on the morning of October 14 to familiarize themselves with the venue by evening,” Narayan elaborated.
No Bollywood Stars in Commonwealth Games 2010 Closing Ceremony – an unkind snub to India’s most talented and popular, to ultimately pay heavily for non-awareness of the media value on the National and International scene – how naïve can an obdurate Kalmadi get ?!!
From Bollywood Non Stop
By Jasveer Sinha
New Delhi, Friday, October 8th, 2010 at 6:45 am: Commonwealth Games 2010 organizing committee chairmen, Suresh Kalmadi says that any Bollywood actor or Cricketer will not be seen in Commonwealth Games 2010 Closing Ceremony.
After the meeting the Group of Ministers, Kalmadi says, “People should not have too many expectations from the closing ceremony. It has to be a somber ceremony. Let us not have too much expectation,” (not the greatest celebration of India’s rise in the international image – sic* – ?!!)
The Commonwealth Games 2010 Closing Ceremony will be on Oct 14th, 2010. Kalmadi admits that like the opening ceremony, there would be no presence of the cricketers and Bollywood personalities during the closing event too.
Commonwealth Games 2010: Shahrukh Khan Not Performing in CWG – My Name is Khan, and I am not a terrorist !! – just a sporting person ?!!
From Bollywood Non Stop
By Amarjeet Goud
Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 11:05 am: According to the latest news, Commonwealth Games 2010 is not interested to involve any Bollywood stars. Earlier, it was rumored that Shahrukh Khan will give his performance in the opening ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2010 on Oct 3rd, 2010.
But, organizers confirmed that no actor from Bollywood will give their performance in Commonwealth Games 2010. The committee says that Indian dance, songs and culture will be showcased at Commonwealth Games 2010 opening ceremony at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Oscar award winner, A.R. Rahman will give his performance with few songs including the latest Commonwealth Games 2010 theme song. (and what a poor performance that was ?!!)