Saturday, 6 February 2010

CWG Cycling event to be rescheduled..!!

Delhi government has informed Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee last week to reschedule (click here to see Commonwealth Games schedule) the CWG Cycling Mass Start competition, citing traffic constraints.

Officials of the CWG 2010 organising committee (OC) said they were trying hard to find alternatives to ensure the competition is held smoothly.

The road race, in which hundreds of participants are expected, is to be held on October 10 when public roads in the New Delhi area will become a race track.

The Delhi traffic police said a portion of the proposed route encircles the Talkatora Stadium complex where a diving competition is to be held on the same day, which could lead to traffic chaos.

OC secretary Lalit Bhanot said, "We are aware of the problem and are trying to find an alternative within a fortnight." But such confusion-barely eight months ahead of the CWG- has clearly upset the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF

CGF chief executive officer Mike Hooper said the sudden development is worrying as it is now too late to reschedule the competition. "The CGF hasn't been informed of the problem yet but I have asked the officials concerned to brief me about it immediately," said Hooper

Chief secretary Rakesh Mehta last week wrote to the OC asking it to either reschedule the competition to some other day or hold it in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, where another cycling competition is to be held

Bhanot mentioned that last minute confusion on the traffic police, who raised the objection late. "We were told only recently that one of the roads near the Talkatora stadium where the cycle race is to be held is narrow and it can't handle spectators and race competitors simultaneously," said Bhanot

The day-long event includes a 165-kilometre race for men and a 100-kilometre race for women. Participants from 71 countries are scheduled to take part, with each country allowed to field 27 athletes in the event

The traffic police's special commissioner, Ajay Chadha, said, "The competition's route would overlap with the scheduled route of the Games officials at two points on Park Street and Kautilya Marg. It would be impossible to reserve the dedicated lanes for officials if the Cycling Mass is also held on the same day."


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