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Now Delhi demonstrates tourism and Games don't mix

Now it's Delhi's turn to discover that tourism does not prosper at mega events. Travel agents report cancellations of almost 50%.


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Delhi Commonwealth Blame Games

Looking at some recent stories in the Indian news media about the construction of the Commonwealth Games facilities it is apparent that the 'same old same old' influences of privatisation, poor institutional oversight, greed, corruption and the brutal exploitation of the vulnerable poor labouring on the project have been clearly highlighted for some time.


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Delhi Commonwealth Games village 'unfit for athletes'

Scotland's Commonwealth Games team have said accommodation allocated to them in the Games village in Delhi was "unsafe and unfit for human habitation." Team Scotland were reallocated finished accommodation after complaining to the Games organising committee - but even the new apartments required "serious cleaning and maintenance" to bring them up to Games ready standards.


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Crude and brutal scams underlying the Delhi Commonwealth Games

From: Heritage Games, cleaning up the debris, Hazards Centre, 2010

Beginning from July 2010 there has been a glare of floodlights on the Commonwealth Games in Delhi. In the early weeks media hounds began enquiring into the state of preparedness with photographs of inchoate ditches and rubble, loose masonry and cement, incomplete roofs and walls. Then the first rains came and, as everything began leaking and the water gathered, the focus changed to the impediments to traffic and the inconvenience to the public.


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Chime - that rings a few bells

insidethegames reports that Alan Pascoe's company, Fast Track, has been dragged into the corruption scandal dogging the 2010 Commonwealth Games.


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2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Whose wealth? Whose commons?

Construction Workers.  ©Mehar JyrwaConstruction Workers. ©Mehar Jyrwa
The 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) will be held in New Delhi, India, from 3-14 October 2010. The declared mission of the Games is to, “..deliver the 'Best Commonwealth Games Ever;” build state-of-the-art sporting and city infrastructure....create a suitable environment and opportunities for the involvement of the citizens in the Games; to showcase the culture and heritage of India; to project Delhi as a global destination; to project India as an economic power; and to leave behind a lasting legacy.”


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Report looking at Mega Events based on the Halifax Bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games

This paper attempts to identify and clarify two important issues: how should we estimate the costs and benefits of major events; and the relevance of the experience of other cities’ Commonwealth and Olympic games experiences.


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India's cynical plans for Delhi to become 'a world class city' for the 2010 Commonwealth Games

Although the Commonwealth Games are just under three years away, India's capital is being reshaped as the city prepares for the biggest sporting event in its history. The Delhi government has begun putting up posters saying the capital will be transformed into a "world-class city" by the 2010 deadline.


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