New Delhi To Host 2010 Commonwealth Games

Montego Bay (Jamaica), Nov 14: | Updated: Nov 15 2003, 05:30am hrs
Indias last minute offer of $7.2 million for athlete training tilted the scale in its favour as New Delhi got overwhelming support from member- countries to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

India earned the right to host the games by 46 votes to 22 secured by Hamilton, Canada, in a secret ballot during the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) meeting in this Caribbean island country on Thursday.

I am happy to announce that the host of the 2010 Commonwealth Games will be Delhi in India, CGF president Mike Fennel announced soon after the voting, much to the relief of a 50-member Indian delegation here which had put in a lot of hard work in the past few days to win the bid.

The theme new frontiers and new friendships, the governments decision to underwrite the total cost of the games and a last minute offer of $7.2 million to train athletes clinched the decision in favour of India.