As the clocks all over New Delhi continue the countdown, Delhi and India await anxiously for arguably the biggest sporting event hosted by India. It has been a hot topic of gossip among Delhites and as the moment finally approaches, it is time that we take a look at the various notable happenings leading to this worldwide phenomenon.
The journey to Commonwealth Games 2010 has not been a smooth one, it obviously has got its share of controversies tagged to itself. Whether its the collapse of Metro-rail Bridges, or the lagging in constructions all over Delhi, deaths of workers at sites and unprepared venues, all of these things did take the CWG2010 preparations through a roller coaster ride. But now at last, as the fine tuning is on its way, the venues declared, the arrangements made, the security threats cleared and the final stages of ticket-sales have commenced, it is more than safe to say that New Delhi is ready to welcome the whole world and put up an unforgettable show.
Speaking of show, the opening ceremony which, the whole world has set its eyes upon, will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. Experts in performing arts are preparing to put up a great show, and the event itself will be attended by a number of world leaders and delegates. The event, to be held on 3rd October, 2010 will mark the beginning of the XIXth Commonwealth Games. On that day, the Queen’s Baton relay, which left the Buckingham Palace on the 29th October, 2009 will reach the Opening ceremony. The Baton, a symbol of world peace and harmony between the commonwealth games has toured the world since then.
Spreading the message of the Games is the official mascot, Shera, a tiger (Sher in Hindi meaning Tiger) who has always been covered by the media. Shera has been all over Delhi, interacting with students in the famed Delhi university, and taking closer look at the venues. It has become synonymous to Commonwealth Games 2010 with the Delhites.
The Official sporting events will begin the next day, on the 4th October, 2010 in six venue clusters and five stand-alone venues. Also, 26 new training venues are being constructed. The venues include some important stadiums like Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyanchand Stadium among others.
There will be 17 sports majorly, and 72 countries will participate in the games. The highest number of sportsmen being sent are from Australia and England, apart from the host country, India. Also, India’s home-grown sports – Kabaddi, will also be a demonstration sports in the games. The Indian government has arranged for the stay of all participants and delegates at the Games Village, at Khel Gaon and at the Ashoka Hotel, which has been named the official family hotel for the games.
With all the massive preparations, it has to be seen whether the Games can go smoothly, hoisting India’s name as one of the best host-nations for world class sporting events. As New Delhi gears up for the biggest event in India, we can only hope for the best experience for everybody.