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Gearing up for Commonwealth Games 2010

by Karan Sakhuja 7 year, 31 days ago
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the 2010 Commonwealth Games this year. The buzz is credited to the fact that this event , held every four years, will be hosted by Delhi. This 19th edition of Commonwealth Games will be held from October 3-14, 2010.

There are two things that are synonymous with every edition of the Commonwealth Games - the mascot & Queen's Baton Relay.

Shera - The Mascot
Deriving its name from the Hindi word ‘Sher’ meaning tiger, Shera is the mascot of the Commonwealth Games 2010. Shera is an achiever with a positive attitude, a global citizen but justifiably proud of his nation’s ancient heritage, a fierce competitor but with integrity and honesty. He is also a ‘large-hearted gentleman’ who loves making friends and enthusing people to ‘come out and play’. He aptly represents the modern Indian.

The Queen's Baton Relay
Standing at 664 millimetres high, the torch of the Commonwealth Games, better known as the Queen's Baton is 34 millimetres wide at the base, and weighs a mere 1,900 grams. This version of the Commonwealth Games has a baton design which takes its inspiration from 'Gobek', a traditional Malay artifact, generally diplayed in Malay homes. The 'Gobek', functions as nut pounder.

The Queen’s Baton Relay is one of the great traditions of the Commonwealth Games, having been the curtain raiser to every Games since the first at Cardiff in 1958. The relay symbolises the gathering of people from across the Commonwealth at the four-yearly festival of sport and culture.

Queen Elizabeth II launched the Queen’s Baton Relay 2010 among much fanfare by passing the baton onto President Pratibha Patil at Buckingham Palace in London on 29 October 2009. Olympic gold medalist and ace-shooter, Abhinav Bindra was the first baton- bearer to begin the relay run. The baton was then passed through the hands of several Indian and British sports personalities. The baton will arrive at the Opening Ceremony some 11 months later on 3 October 2010, after visiting the other 70 nations of the Commonwealth and travelling throughout India. The Queen's Baton Relay will take the baton to the home of one third of the world's population, enabling many millions of people across the globe to join in the celebrations for the Games.

The Queen's Baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games is a delicate mix of aesthetics and technology with an in-built location tracking system using the latest Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and a camera capable of sending images to the Games website. Embedded Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) change into the colours of the country’s flag whilst in the country. This time the Baton has been coated with a diverse range of coloured soils collected from all corners of India. A precious jewellery box is present inside the Queen's Baton which contains 'the message to the athletes' that is read out before the start of the ceremony. This year a miniature 18 carat gold leaf contains the Queen's message. This gold leaf takes its inspiration from the ancient Indian 'patras'.

The relay concludes at the Opening Ceremony, scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi as the final relay runner hands the baton back to Her Majesty, or Her representative, and the message is read aloud. At that moment, the relay ends and the Games begin.

On arrival at the opening ceremony, the Baton will have travelled in excess of 190,000 km over a 340-day period. This will make the Queen's Baton Relay one of the longest relays in the history of the Commonwealth Games.

Hosting an event of such standards requires immense preparation and coordination.

Infrastructure
Delhi, as the host city of a sporting event of the scale of Commonwealth Games, will get the chance to exhibit a new image for itself – that of a world class city with international standards. To cater to the over 100,000 visitors expected, Delhi will get a major facelift due to the Games: its monuments and heritage buildings are being restored and areas such as East Delhi and the Yamuna riverfront will be developed. The Games will leave behind not only improved infrastructure and facilities for the citizens of Delhi, but will also promote investment in the city.

To handle the huge influx of people, the hospitality sector will see a huge growth spurt, with the building of an additional 25,000 rooms and being supplemented by the Bed and Breakfast scheme launched by the Delhi Government.

Apart from this, two new power plants to enhance electricity supply, improved water distribution and solid waste management systems will add considerably to the Delhi citizen’s comfort levels post Games.

Transportation and Road Network
The transport system of the city will be augmented by a High Capacity Bus Rapid Transit System. A total of 1,100 new low-floor, high-capacity air-conditioned buses will ply on Delhi roads by 2010 to ease commuting. Seven corridors covering 115 km are being developed. For pedestrian safety, more than 30 foot overbridges, subways and 18 rail level crossings are being constructed. These will all serve to ease traffic congestion and transit for Delhi’s citizens. Road-widening projects are under process.

A four-lane, 2.2 km underground stretch from Ring Road to Lodhi will link the Games Village to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, reducing traveling time for athletes.

Two new lines of the Metro Rail are scheduled to be completed before the Games. Both the Airport to New Delhi Station Line and the Central Secretariat to Badarpur Line will help connect the Games Village to the various stadiums as well as to the rest of the city.

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport is being modernised, upgraded and expanded to handle the passenger traffic envisaged during the Games. By the 2010 games, a new terminal (Terminal 3) will have been constructed and will have metro-connectivity.

Other Preparations
Extensive security cover and aerial surveillance to Delhi is being provided.

Twenty new hospitals will be functional by 2010 to enhance Delhi’s health care and medical infrastructure. Special trauma ambulances will be on call during the Games to provide immediate relief in cases of emergencies. To facilitate this, CATS and Advanced Life Support ambulances are being procured.

More than 25,000 volunteers from the National Service Scheme, NCC, and various universities and colleges are being trained to act as guides to athletes, spectators and tourists during their various sojourns in the city. Low-income and high-contact groups such as taxi and auto rickshaw drivers are being trained in English to help communicate with the tourists.

More than all this, the legacy of the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi will be to boost the sports culture as a part of the daily life of every Indian, particularly the youth.

Venues
The 17 sports disciplines to feature in the Games will be held at six venue clusters and five stand alone venues in Delhi namely, Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex, Indira Gandhi Sports Complex , Yamuna Sports Complex, Siri Fort Sports Complex, National Stadium Complex, Talkatora Garden Complex, R.K Khanna Tennis Complex, Thyagaraj Sports Complex, Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range and Delhi University. Besides twenty-six new training venues at various colleges of Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia University and some private sports complexes are being constructed.

All this might seem a mammoth task as of now. But Delhi sure knows that this will be the event that will change its face forever. As someone aptly put it,
"A Beginning is when you come together, and Success is when you manage to work together".
And Delhi does seem to be working together.

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i believe that this commonwealth games will successful than any other country
Posted by utkarsh singhal 5 year, 6 months ago
it's that there are common wealth games in india but there is all husul and busul in delhi due it all stadiums are not ready till now
Posted by dhruv 5 year, 7 months ago
 

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