Monday, 19 April 2010

CWG opening ceremony to be best in sports history

Commonwealth Games organisers can't be faulted for confidence, promising the best opening ceremony the world has ever seen.

(Rehman to perform at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony)

Even London 2012 Olympic organisers admitted it would be virtually impossible to surpass the grandeur and spectacle of the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening. But not T.S. Darbari, joint director general of the Organising Committee to the Commonwealth Games 2010, who is visiting Australia with the Queen's baton relay ahead of the October 3-14 Games.

"The opening ceremony, the way it has been planned, it'll be the best ever," said Darbari.

"Better than Melbourne, better than any Commonwealth Games, better than Beijing - it's a guarantee.", is the claim that Commonwealth Games organizing committee is making.

(Rehman to perform at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony)

Games organisers are facing a tight struggle to get their venues completed with the main stadium, swimming complex and cycling venue suffering construction delays and the monsoon season hitting India as early as June.

Darbari said construction has been accelerated in the past two months to finish work by June, allowing for test events to be held.

"It's going to be tight but it is happening" he said.

India's Games budget has blown out from $US1.2 billion to over $US2 billion.

However, India is one of few countries in today's world who can say that money is not an issue. Indian government and business leaders are leveraging the Games to showcase an international trade and investment campaign targeted at many of the 70 participating countries. This will help promote an already booming economy.

Darbari estimates the Games alone will generate about $US5 billion ($A5.4 billion) of activity for India.

"The Games can be used not only for promoting harmony, peace, friendship and cooperation but also for forging very strong economic ties and enhancing and creating economic relationships," he said.

He also said the test events taking place at the 17 sporting venues will allow for any final adjustments before the games commence.


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