Common Wealth Games 2010

The 2010 Commonwealth Games will be the nineteenth Commonwealth Games.The Games are scheduled to be held in New Delhi, India between 3 October and 14 October 2010. The games will be the largest multi-sport event conducted to date in Delhi and India generally, which has previously hosted the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi. It will also be the first time the Commonwealth Games will be held in India and the second time the event has been held in Asia (after 1998 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).


  • Mascot

The official mascot for the 2010 Commonwealth Games is Shera, an anthropomorphised tiger. His name came from "Sher", a Hindi word meaning lion. The logo and the look for the games were designed by Idiom Design and Consulting.

  • Official song

The official song of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto was composed and performed by the Indian musician A. R. Rahman. The song's title is based on the slogan of the games, "Come out and play". The song is penned by Mehboob in Hindi with a sprinkling of English words. It was released on 28 August 2010. Wanna hear it? Just click below.
Official Theme Song

To know the schedule for the games click here.


  • Competition venues

Existing and new stadiums in New Delhi that will be used during the Games:
The opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium For Athletics, lawn bowls, weightlifting
Dhyan Chand National Stadium for Hockey
Indira Gandhi Stadium for Archery, Cycling, Gymanstics and Wrestling
Delhi University Sport Complex for Rugby
Tyagaraj Sports Complex for Netball
Siri Fort Sports Complex for Badminton and Squash
Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range for shooting
Talkatora Stadium for boxing
SPM Swimming Pool Complex for Aquatics
RK Khanna Tennis Complex for Tennis
Yamuna Sports Complex for Table Tennis
  • Non-competition venues

OC CWG Delhi 2010 Headquarters
Main Media Centre

Queen's Baton relay

The Queen's Baton Relay began when the baton, which contains Queen Elizabeth II's message to the athletes, left Buckingham Palace on 29 October 2009. The baton will arrive at the 2010 Games opening ceremony on 3 October 2010, after visiting the other 54 nations of the Commonwealth and travelling throughout India, reaching millions of people to join in the celebrations for the Games.The baton arrived in India on the 25th June 2010 through the Wagah Border crossing from Pakistan.
The baton was designed by Michael Foley, a graduate of the National Institute of Design. It is a triangular section of aluminium twisted into a helix shape and then coated with coloured soils collected from all the regions of India. The coloured soils are a first for the styling of a Queen's Baton. A jewel-encrusted box was used to house the Queen's message, which was laser-engraved onto a miniature 18 carat gold leaf – representative of the ancient Indian 'patras. It is 664 millimetres high, 34 millimetres wide at the base, and 86 millimetres wide at the top and weighs 1,900 grams.

There are 17 sports planned for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
1. Aquatics
* Diving
* Swimming
* Synchronised swimming
2. Archery
3. Athletics
4. Badminton
5. Boxing
6. Cycling
* Road
* Track
7. Gymnastics
* Artistic gymnastics
* Rhythmic gymnastics
8. Hockey
9. Lawn bowls
10. Netball
11. Rugby sevens
12. Shooting
13. Squash
14. Table tennis
15. Tennis
16. Weightlifting
17. Wrestling
Kabaddi will also be a demonstration sport at the 2010 Games.

Participating Nations
The following map shows the countries which are going to participate in the CWG'10.


  • Organising Committee

The Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (OC CWG Delhi 2010) came into being on 10 February 2005, as a registered society under the Societies Registration Act 1860. It was resolved by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in the General Assembly held in Jamaica on 13 November 2003 to entrust the organising and hosting of the XIX Commonwealth Games to the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). As per Clause 2(C) of the Host City Contract, signed by the Government of India(GOI), the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD), IOA, and CGF, the CGF has delegated the organisation of the Games to the OC CWG Delhi 2010.
The OC CWG Delhi 2010 has set itself the goal of conducting the best Commonwealth Games to date, including the provision of impeccable standards of service to athletes, officials and the general public, in close collaboration with its partners. It hopes to set new benchmarks for other Host nations with regards to urban sustainable development by showcasing excellent infrastructure and facilities which could be used by the society and the general public for generations to come.

  • Costs

he official total budget estimated for hosting the Games is 11,494 crore (US$2.5 billion) and this amount excludes non-sports-related infrastructure development in the city like airports, roads and other structures. Business Today magazine estimates that the games cost 300 billion (U$6.6 billion). This makes the 2010 Commonwealth Games the most expensive Commonwealth Games ever, being larger than the previous games in Melbourne 2006 (approx. US$ 1.1 billion).

  • Green Games

The organisers signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Environment Programme to show the intention to host a "sustainable games" and to take the environment into consideration when constructing and renovating venues. Thyagaraj Stadium is intended to be a key example of environmentally-considered construction.

  • Transport

Delhi proposed a four-lane, 2.2 km underground stretch from Lodhi Road to trans-Yamuna, linking the Games Village to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and reducing travelling time between the village and the Stadium to six minutes.
To support its commitment to mass transport, nine corridors have been identified and are being constructed as High Capacity Bus Systems (for example, one from Ambedkar Nagar to Red Fort). Six of these corridors are expected to be operational in 2010. Additionally, The Delhi Metro will be expanded to accommodate more people and boost the use of public transport during the 2010 games. The metro will extend to Gurgaon and the Noida area. For this large increase in the size of the network, Delhi Metro will deploy 14 tunnel boring machines.The airport will be connected to the city via a six-lane expressway (Delhi–Gurgaon Expressway) and the $580 million Delhi Airport Metro Express line.

Impact On Indian Tourism Industry
Common Wealth Games, 2010 is assumed to have a great impact over the Indian tourism industry. As this mega event will attract thousands of sport lovers to India, all key stakeholders of tourism sectors are geared up for CWG.
It is assumed that around 2 million foreign tourists and 3.5 million tourists from different parts of India are likely to arrive in Delhi for Common Wealth Games 2010. So, various states of our country are planning their best to utilize this wonderful event in their favor.

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