2010 Commonwealth Games Delhi

April 26, 2008

 Delhi in India will host the Commonwealth Games in 2010. In a secret ballot, delegates at the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly in Montego Bay, Jamaica gave 46 votes to Delhi against 22 for the rival bidder, Hamilton, Canada.

India made failed bids to host the Commonwealth Games in 1990 and 1994, and dropped out of the race for the 1998 in favour of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which became the first Asian host.

This will be only the second time the Games have been to Asia. They were held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1998. Canada has previously hosted the Games four times and is also the venue for the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The Games will be held over a ten day period from 3 – 14 October 2010 and the following 17 sports will participate: Archery, Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Boxing, Cycling, Elite Athletes with Disability (EAD) Events, Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Rugby 7s, Shooting, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Weightlifting, Wrestling.

Weather wise in October, Delhi experiences mean termperatures from a minimum of 17 degrees to a meximum of 31 degrees centigrade with humidity ranging from 31-78%.

This decision will be a huge boost to sport in India. With a population of 1.2bn people, it is the most populated country in the Commonwealth. Some of the proposed venues will be upgraded while two new sports venues will be constructed.

A major project will be the construction of the athlete village on a 40 acre site in the heart of Delhi. This will become student accommodation for Delhi University after the Games.

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