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Will the Commonwealth Games be cancelled?

Footbridge in Delhi collapses, athletes’ village “unfit for human habitation,” say team leaders


The Commonwealth Games, scheduled to start in 12 days in Delhi, are in danger of cancellation after a footbridge collapsed, and team leaders arrived from around the world to find facilities unfinished or unfit for use. Preparations for the Games have been plagued by corruption and delay, critics say, along with some of the heaviest monsoon rains in memory. The problems culminated yesterday in the collapse of a footbridge leading from a parking lot to Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where the opening ceremonies and main events were to take place. Twenty-three people were injured. National team officials from Canada, New Zealand, Scotland and other countries say the condition of the athletes’ residences is below sub-par and they are now discussing their options. Scott Stevenson of Commonwealth Games Canada has stopped short of threatening to pull Canada’s team from the Games, but is demanding that the problems be fixed by Friday. Managers with New Zealand and Australia are similarly pessimistic. Indian organizers “have got two days to do what’s probably going to take about two weeks,” said Australia’s chef de mission Steve Moneghetti.

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Will the Commonwealth Games be cancelled?

  1. Aren't there tents available? It might be preferrableto collapsing buildings. But then who knows, India may deliver something of a miracle at the last minute.

    • I like camping and I'd love to see Delhi some day, but tenting it during monsoon season while being in top athletic-performance mode are probably not very compatible.

      • It is still competitive if every athlete does it. That would be original and fun. If boys and girls scout could do it why not professional adult athletes?

  2. Praying for Pakistani extremists to kill your parliamentarians, will not help matters but just add a very serious problem to problems already there. I could sympathize with your anger and helplessness towards political/government corruption and criminal inefficienciencies, neglect, and unaccountability – those are very difficult and huge problems to solve. No country is immune from it, nor is there an easy answer to it. Clamor for change has to start from ordinary citizens. A system has to have cheques and balances to lessen and spot corruption at the outset, if possible. India has many activists who are busy promoting their own names by accusing western nations with unfairness and human rights violations, yet forgot to look at their own country's record. They even look the other way at violations made by rogue countries . Had they work to change their own country, they might have done your country a much needed service instead of promoting their own hypocrisies, which serve no one. I wish you and your people good luck for such huge endeavor.

  3. From what I know, these things always happen in India. The people are fine, but the bureaucrats and the government employees are full of crap and red tape is rampant. That's why even our partners in India and other business professionals don't try to get too much help from their government. The political parties are liars and sift billions of dollars every year, and this year too, the commonwealth games apparently cost over 15 billion dollars US! That's almost twice as much as it has cost anywhere in the world! Its a shame the Indian people can't do anything with such political parties ruling over them.

    • If that is true, that money alone could solve few of their problems. Vanity really knows no bound. If India is a democracy with election as such, then they got what they voted for. If change has to happen, mentality has to change from the bottom too, or else they will find themselves in the same trap over and over with no way out.