Thursday, 5 November 2009

2010 Commonwealth Games funding doubled

India on Thursday more than doubled the budget for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi saying more money was needed for security as well as a successful delivery of the event. Till now, there has been widespread criticism of the delay by Indian organizers in creating infrastructure and facilities for the Games scheduled for October 2010.

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh approved a revised budget of 1620 crores (344 million dollars), more than a two-fold increase from the previously sanctioned 7.67 billion rupees (163 million dollars). This makes 2010 Commonwealth Games the most expensive Games ever.

The budgetary hike was to meet escalating costs, particularly of the opening and closing ceremonies of the games as well as the increase in the number of days for the Queen's Baton Relay.

The relay has been increased from its original plan of 136 to 240 days for international leg, and from 60 to 100 days within India.

"Inclusion of new items that are essential for the successful delivery of the Games but were not provided in the initial budget of the organizing committee, namely accreditation, city operations, sponsorship and TV rights, security, sustainability and environment and ticketing," she said.

The Commonwealth Games are world's third largest sporting spectacle after Olympics and Football world cup, and have 71 participating nations. They will be held in New Delhi from October 3-14, 2010.


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