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India May Lose Their Commonwealth Games 2010 Hosting
  • November 12th, 2008

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There has been concerned regarding the construction of the athletes’ village in India for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

The dispute is regarding the location the games village is being built on.

It is built on the banks of the Yamuna River, where the construction is said to destroy the river bed if construction continues, as claimed by environmentalists.

Environmental groups protested and raised the issue with the High Court and successfully got a probe setup by the Delhi High Court to investigate. Findings are still on-going.

The chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation co-ordination committee, Austin Sealy now says India may lose its hosting status should there be changes in the relocation of the games village to house the 8,500 athletes and officials.

With less than two years left into the games, he added that India might not have the time to relocate and build the facilities so late into the schedule.

Even the new cycling velodrome construction is being delayed due to tender issues currently.

Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi however is much more optimistic, assuring the media and Commonwealth Games organising committee that the venues will be completed on time.

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Posted by Uncle Sha.
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