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The Commonwealth Games is a sort of poor man’s Olympics for countries in “The Commonwealth” formerly known as the British Commonwealth when Britain bought and sold most of the world and its inhabitants.
This year the event is to be held in Delhi has hit a rough patch when, yesterday, a footbridge to be used by top athletes collapsed injuring 27 workers. Many nations are expected to pull out of the event due to poor living conditions, stagnant water, and an outbreak of dengue fever. Among these nations is my native Scotland.
With Wednesday not wanting to be outdone by Tuesday, a ceiling above what is to be the weight-lifting arena collapsed today. “It is not something to be worried about. It’s not a major kind of collapse” apparently.
English, Welsh, Scottish, and New Zealand athletes are expected to pull out thanks to the shambles unfolding in Delhi who appears to have only just found out that they are to hold the event. It has the appearance of being thrown together, and if someone from Scotland tells you that the living quarters are un-livable then you know you have a problem, we did not even have the Internet yesterday; I think a sheep got in at the wires that surround the castle.
When the Scottish team inspected the village and found the mess that they were expected to live in they were told to clean it themselves.
You would not get this at the real Olympics.
Update: The Treasurer of the Commonwealth Games Committee has publicly aknowledged and appologised for the scale of the farce that the Commonwealth Games has become. AK Mattoo has called it “a collective failure.” The games open on October 3, and many nations mentioned yesterday are still to decide if they are to attend.