Despite the complaints of athletes by unclean residences, corruption and delays and accidents that have occurred during construction of facilities in the works of the Commonwealth Games have started today in Delhi. This is the biggest sporting event in India which has hosted in its history and why it has deployed an opening ceremony more than two hours full of traditional music and dances.
Prince Charles has declared open the XIX Commonwealth Games gold after receiving the last relay baton, Sushil Kumar, bronze medal in freestyle wrestling at the Beijing Olympics. On behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Prince of Wales has kicked out the event and then took the floor to the President of India, Pratibha Patil, to the crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in the heart of Delhi.
"Let the Games begin!", Exclaimed the president. The absence of Queen Elizabeth II has generated confusion in the last days before the opening, so that he has finally opted for the blended formula. Before Prince Charles and President Patil, have also offered a short speech, among others, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President of the Organizing Committee for the Games, Suresh Kalmadi, who has expressed his hope that the event serve to strengthen the Indian economy.
Kalmadi has been in the public eye for weeks because of the subsequent controversy over the organization of the Games, as accusations of corruption, complaints from foreign missions by the state of the athletes' village, plunging off a bridge Nehru Stadium, which injured 23 workers, or delays in the works.
A dengue outbreak affected more than 2,000 and the monsoon rains during the last week have stopped but they had caused trouble on the roads and sports facilities, further complicated the situation. In an interview with the channel NDTV Delhi, the Head of Government of Delhi, Shila Dikshit, one of the most important dignitaries during the ceremony, has played down the complications in the preparation and criticized those who doubted that India had the "ability" to organize the event.
Some 80,000 troops have been deployed in the city to prevent attacks and the authorities have asked the public to use public transport. Starting tomorrow, the sport will assume the role: Thousands of athletes from 71 countries will compete for 829 medals at stake in the 17 disciplines of the Commonwealth Games, which will close on October 14.