ORIGIN In 1928, Melville Marks ( Booby) Robinson was requested to shoulder the responsibility of organising the Commonwealth games which was then known as the British Empire Games in Canada. In 1930, the British Empire Games was held in Hamilton and ontario Eleven countries participated in this international event. Countries like United Kingdom, Wales, Scotlamd, British Guiana, Canada, New Zealand, New Foundland, Australia, South Africa, Ireland, Bermuda participated in the events like wrestling, boxing, athletics, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming. From the origin of commonwealth games much change have been noticed in the Commonwealth games. British Empire Games was organised till 1950 and it was only in this year that the name of the event was changed to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
After the name of the British Empire Games was changed to the British Empire and Commonwealth Games a new flag was designed for the sake of this sports event instead of the British flag which was there so long symbolizing the dominance of Great Britain over its colonial countries. This new flag was introduced in Vancouver in the year 1954. From the origin of the commonwealth games it has become a tradition to hold a relay bearing a torch which is supposed to have the best wishes of the queen. The torch is usually carried from the Buckingham Palaceto the venue of the opening ceremony. From the year of its inception, all the participants are to take part in a parade. Usually the previous host country is the first in the parade whereas the host country is the last one. There are three flags which are commonly noticed in the inagrural ceremony of commonwealth games; the flag of the host nation and that of the previous as well as the next host country.
In 1958 and 1962 the British Empire and Commonwealth Games took place simultaneously in Cardiff and Perth. The name British Empire and Commonwealth Games continued till 1966 when this event was organised in Kingston. Later on the word empire was discarded and only British Commonwealth Games was retained. In 1970, during the ninth British Commonwealth Games, a new flag was adopted. The configuration of the chain which was earlier pentagonal in shape was transformed to circle and the circular chain was placed against the royal blue color. In 1978 Commonwealth games was organised in Edmonton, Alberta and it is here that the another new flag emerged
Host city--New Delhi, India
Motto--Come out and play
Nations participating—71 Commonwealth Teams
Events :260 events in 17 disciplines
Opening ceremony :3 October
Closing ceremony: 14 October
Officially opened by: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Pratibha Patil, President of India
Queen's Baton Final Runner: Sushil Kumar
Main Stadium :Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium
Website : cwgdelhi2010.org
The 2010 Commonwealth games is one of the biggest multi-sport occasion which took place in Delhi between 3rd October to 14th October. The capital of India, New Delhi holds pride in hosting the common wealth games 2010. In the past history, this is the second time that such type of big event will be organized in Asia.
The authorized calendar for the 2010 Commonwealth Games is as under:Opening and closing both ceremonies held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
ATHELETES AND TOURIST FACILITIES FOR ATHELETES
modern and comfortable Games Village,
round the clock security, pollution-free environment
a state-of-the-art health facility will be provided.
Reserved lane for the participating athletes
a free trip to World Monument The TajMahal was also be provided.
a program to teach English to the cab drivers, waiters and other staffs, who'd come in contact with the tourists, had been launched.
Tourists generally face severe hassle by the beggars in Delhi. So, The Delhi high Court planned to relocate migrant beggars from Delhi streets by either sending them back to their native places or allowing them to remain in Govt. shelters.
OPENING CEROMY The nineteenth Commonwealth Games got off to an inspiring and magnificent start on 3rd of October, 2010 at the Indian Capital with the opening ceremony, which unfolded without any glitch. The ceremony beautifully portrayed and upholded the great journey of India with all its unique features. Almost 65,000 people gathered to watch out the mesmerizing show put up by India at the CWG 2010 opening ceremony. the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi roared with the rapturous applauds of the numerous visitors.
The Commonwealth Games 2010 opening ceremony commenced with the national anthem of India. The Nagada drummers along with the Shankha trumpeters beat the countdown of the opening ceremony as the "Aerostat" moved high up into glory. Commonwealth Games 2010 opening ceremony was a great success. The opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games 2010 has truly surpassed all our expectations.
INDIA@CWG The 19th Commonwealth Games have turned out to be landmark for India in many ways. Not only was it the first time that the Games were held here, the host nation surpassed all expectations to finish 2nd in the medals tally (highest ever position) and also got their highest medal count of 101 in total and 38 Gold medals.. As compared to other events, India’s performance in the Commonwealth Games has been good. Wrestlers, weightlifters and shooters have won the maximum number of medals for India.
CLOSING CEREMONY A magnificent laser show lit up the sky yesterday evening during the 2010 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony, mesmerizing spectators, sitting inside the packed Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Delhi. The show mesmerized and dazzled the spectators at the stadium with dancing lights and formation of various designs. Presented at the end of the closing ceremony to make it an unforgettable experience for people around the world, the splendid laser show looked simply brilliant to overwhelm all watching.
Indian medal winners
Concerns and controversies "...when 46% of India's children and 55% of women are malnourished, does spending billions of dollars on a 12-day sports event build national pride or is it a matter of national shame?“ Miloon Kothari, leading Indian expert on socio-economic development
One of the outspoken critics of the Games is Mani Shankar Aiyar, former Indian Minister for Youth affairs and sports
IAiyar commented that the Games are "irrelevant to the common man" and criticized the Indian government for sanctioning billions of dollars for the Games even though India requires massive investment in social development programs.
Conclusion Though Successful, common man had to bear the additional costs. Inflation soared at a high during the games . India is still not well-equipped to host international games (other than cricket). Significance/motives of commonwealth games is still unknown. Levels of corruption were clearly visible during the preparation of the event.
Recommendations Un-biased committees need to be formed for events which have International acclaim. Preparations should be completed well in advance. Private Companies and Management should be involved in the organizing committees.