Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bridge collapse adds to Commonwealth Games woe

A footbridge actuality congenital for the Commonwealth Games in India burst on Tuesday, abasing 27 bodies and highlighting the bulk of problems that accept so far austere the event, meant to advertise an arising all-around power. Preparations for October's $6 billion Commonwealth Games, advised to be the affair affair for India that the Olympics were for China, are so far abaft agenda that the accident risks acceptable a farce. The cutting of two adopted visitors by doubtable militants in Delhi on Sunday has accumulated with a dengue agitation epidemic, abundant cloudburst rains, architecture delays, affix scandals and cartage anarchy to accord the Games that biconcave feeling. Police said the burst arch was aloof alfresco the capital stadium, a admonition of India's sometimes-lax architecture standards. Commonwealth Games Federation admiral Michael Fennell said on Tuesday the two-week event, starting Oct. 3, was actively compromised by altitude at the Games apple that accept "shocked the majority". Canada's Games aggregation said it ability adjournment the accession of some of its athletes if able adaptation was not available. Commonwealth Games Canada admiral Andrew Pipe accused the organisers of "indifference that borders on the intransigent". "This would accept been an befalling for India to shine," he said. "Instead I anticipate it risks ample civic embarrassment unless some of these deficiencies can be addressed." WITHDRAWALS World discus best Dani Samuels of Australia pulled out of the Games because of aegis and bloom concerns, as did England's apple amateur jump best Phillips Idowu. "Sorry people, but I accept accouchement to anticipate about. My assurance is added important to them than a medal," Idowu wrote on his Twitter feed. Nevertheless, Canada, New Zealand and Australia said they remained committed to sending teams. Jamaica played bottomward the problems. "We accept gone to Games before, not alone in Third Apple countries, area weeks afore the accident bodies were anxious about the accompaniment of address and back the Games began aggregate was in place," said Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association carnality admiral Warren Blake. Indian admiral remained upbeat. "I am as assured and as air-conditioned as anytime about our organizing. These are all accessory hiccups," Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy told reporters. The afflictive affairs have, for many, underscored the out-of-touch, slow-paced administration of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Congress government, adopting questions about how a graft-ridden, inefficient accompaniment can achievement to attempt with China. "It's aloof one of so abounding goof-ups," said Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, a political economist. "This will not do the government any good. Back you accept a big back-bite and allowances are minimal, it sharpens and widens the inequalities in India. Bodies notice." Tales of billions of ashen dollars will not help. Perceptions of India's ambitious accomplishment may additionally blooper if roofs aperture and journalists admiration area the Wi-Fi is. "Fingers crossed, India may cull off a miracle," said Boria Majumdar, a sports historian who has accounting the book 'Sellotape Legacy: Delhi and the Commonwealth Games'. "But it will accept to be a miracle. No agnosticism about that".