Commonwealth Games Indian travel fears eased


Speculation that the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi may be cancelled have prompted Australian and New Zealand officials to begin talks about an alternative for the event if the worst were to happen.

Following structural issues with a weight lifting centre and the collapse of a suspension bridge, officials are worried about the safety of competitors in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

New Zealand’s high performance swimming manager, Jan Cameron told The Australian that while an alternative plan may not be necessary, options were being kept open just in case:

“We don’t have anything concrete and nor do we want to, but we are ready to move quickly should it come to that,” she said.

Australia’s plan to boost the number of officials at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi comes after Prime Minister, Julia Gillard told the media that she would support the Australian competitors decision whether they decide to attend the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi or not.

While Miss Gillard’s assurances were reassuring, Australian discus champion Dani Samuels has pulled out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi:

“For over a year now I have been solely focused on winning a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, for myself, my family, for my team and, of course for Australia,” she said.

“It reached the point now where I cannot justify competing in India as I believe there are too many potential hazards to my health, wellbeing and life, all of which I’m not willing to jeopardise.”

Needless to say, the world will be waiting with baited breath to see what comes of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi. Like all other Olympics and Commonwealth Games events, there is always a pre-show flurry before the main event.

Let’s hope it’s the same story here and the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi go off without a hitch.

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Paul Maric has been a freelance travel writer for the past seven years.Paul’s mainstay is freelance motoring journalism, where he has contributed content to major Australian and international publications.Travelling all over the world, Paul has had the chance to stay at some of the finest hotels, eat at the finest restaurants and visit some of the most amazing locations.