Wednesday, 30 September 2009
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The 23-year-old boxer, who won India's maiden World Championships medal in Milan earlier this month, has 2200 points and is ranked higher than the reigning champion Abbos Atoev of Uzbekistan. Atoev, to whom Vijender lost in the World Championship semi-finals, is third in the list with 2100 points and Olympic silver medallist Emilio Correa Bayeux of Cuba occupies the second spot in the International Boxing Association's (AIBA) list updated after the Milan event.
IOC has expressed happiness at the latest development and has said that this is a great news right before 2010 Commonwealth Games. IOC spokesperson mentioned that Indian sports need more and more ambassadors, and Vijender's achievement speaks highly of India's long term sports development plan. IOC also highlighted that apart from Boxing other sports such as Badminton, Wrestling, Tennis and even F1 have seen consistent performance from India.
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Panesar's former agent Vic Sethi, who is a member of the UK launch arm of the organising committee, said the left-armer was chosen to add an Indian flavour to the much-awaited ceremony at the Buckingham Palace.
"We thought that someone from the UK was needed because the Queen, the head of the Commonwealth is British; we needed a link to India. I think Monty was perfect because he is one of the first British Sikh sports stars to wear the turban and the full beard," Sethi was quoted as saying by the local media.
The baton will be carried from the palace on an international journey before finally touching down Delhi next year.
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
The 13 trains, which have already come, have been stabled at Khyber Pass and Yamuna Bank depots. Of these, two trains will be added on Line 2 by October, another 3 trains to Line 3 by November. Eight trains are needed for the Noida line. All these will be four-car train sets and Delhi Metro will introduce the first six-car train set in May 2010.
With Phase II of operations scheduled to start by next year, and the Metro ridership reaching an expected 2 million, the corporation had ordered 424 coaches of broad gauge for 83 trains, 37 with four-cars (coaches) and 46 with six-cars which can carry 1178 and 1792 commuters in "dense load" and "crushed dense load" conditions respectively.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
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Monday, 14 September 2009
A senior urban development official who did an assessment of the Games village project on August 17 said the flats which needed to be completed 'early' were on track. “Officials from the Commonwealth committee will stay in those flats to find out whether those adhere to the required standards or not,” he said on the condition of anonymity.
When contacted, Emaar spokesperson said that Tower No 9 comprising 32 apartments of 3 and 5 bedroom configuration will be ready by October 2009 for a complete dry run of the fit outs and operations.
According to an urban development ministry estimate, 56% of the Games village project was completed till mid-August, and it would be fully completed by April, 2010.
Sunday, 13 September 2009
Fennell was reported on Sunday to have written to Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the local organizing committee, for urgent actions in order to bring about the successful celebration of the games in 2010.
Commonwealth Games Federation has expressed concerns that unless there is significant change in the management culture and operation of the organizing committee these Games will fail from an operational perspective.
This comes after a CGF report which predicted a partial failure of the event scheduled for Oct. 3-14, as most venues are lagging behind construction deadlines. The report said it was reasonable to conclude that the current situation poses a serious risk to the Commonwealth Games in 2010 .
Fennell wrote: "The CGF is extremely worried about the organizing committee's ability to deliver the games to any comparable standard to that of the last two editions of the Games in Manchester and Melbourne."
The CGF chief has requested Indian Prime Minister to pitch in and ensure that the preparation are brought back on track. He hopes to discuss the delays with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a visit to New Delhi next month for the federation's general assembly.
The games are set to be the biggest multiple-sport event staged in India since the 1982 Asian Games. They feature 71 nations and territories that comprised or were linked to the old British empire.
Briefing the heads of missions of all Commonwealth countries on security arrangements for the sports event next October, the government said there was no specific threat to the Games but every precaution was being taken to make it incident-free. This includes taking adequate precaution even for tackling chemical or biological attacks, the organisers told the missions.
The diplomats were told that every vehicle meant for athletes would be put through an anti-sabotage test every morning while each of 23 venues would be completely sanitised seven days ahead of an event, Home Secretary G K Pillai said.
Dedicated lanes for vehicles carrying athletes and officials will be created with helicopters keeping an eye on all venues and routes, it was announced.
He said besides 80,000 Delhi Police personnel, the government will requisition services of an equal number of cops drawn from the central police organisations and state police forces. Besides the venues, all major locations in Delhi would be brought under the cover of CCTVs, Pillai said.
"We have two major sporting events before the Commonwealth Games-the World Hockey Championship and the World Swimming Championship," he said. "We will make a test run of the entire security arrangements during these two events."
Security for Commonwealth Games would also be one of the main points for discussion during the three-day biannual conference of police chiefs of all states scheduled for next week.
The home secretary said it was important to tighten security across the country, considering that many athletes and visitors were expected to utilise the occasion to travel to important tourist places.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
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Tuesday, 8 September 2009
M.S. Gill, Union Minister for Youth Affaire & Sports, formally opened the Headquarters of the Organizing Committee of 2010 Commonwealth Games today.
The swanky trapezium shaped nine-storey New Delhi City Centre building on Parliament Street is already abuzz with activities.The building built by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) will be the “nerve centre” of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. The headquarters of the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee (OC) will function from here till the event is over. All the logistics of the Games will be monitored and controlled from here.
The interior of the building has motifs of the Games imprinted on walls. The interiors of this uniquely shaped building showcases an amalgamation of tradition and technological advancement. The interiors complement contemporary design element with usage of indigenous, eco-friendly and traditional materials.
While the ground floor of the building will have a souvenir shop and travel desk, the different floors will house departments handling different aspects of the event— volunteer programme, media centre, security and administrative units among others. The building is spread over nine floors and will accommodate a workforce of over 1,200 The Organizing Committee is shelling out rent of Rs 5.6 crore every month to NDMC. After the Games, NDMC will shift its own headquarters here.