With the success of the Opening Ceremonies in Delhi, the XIX Commonwealth Games have officially begun. While the country and operations for the Games have taken a beating for the myriad of difficulties and problems associated with the Games, there are many positive reports coming out of Delhi as the athletes take the stage. Accommodations have come up to par, venues are in good shape and the food in the Athlete’s Village has received good reviews.
The XIX Commonwealth Games in numbers:
- 17 sports
- 272 medal events
- 6,700 athletes and officials
- 71 countries and territories represented
- 400 member Canadian team (athletes, officials and staff)
- 250 Canadian athletes
- Cost estimates for the Games have ranged from US$3 billion to more than $10 billion
- Canada finished 3rd at the 2006 Commonwealth Games with 86 medals
Reports on the Canadian team suggest that the strength of this year's team lays in swimming, diving, weightlifting and wrestling. The team will have the words “laghe raho” written on their uniform. It's a Hindi term which means “be at it.”
So join SIRC in cheering on our team!