More than 7,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries will take part in next month's Commonwealth Games to be held in the Capital. Secretary-general of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, Lalit Bhanot said, "Delhi Games will be the biggest in the history of the CWG as far as the presence of athletes and officials is concerned. There were approximately 5,800 athletes and team officials in Melbourne four years ago and we have already exceeded that number."
Bhanot also added that the number is likely to go up further as the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has a policy of accepting late entries and the exact number will be known after the OC's Delegation Registration Meeting (DRM) which will be held between September 16 to October 2.
Hosts India will have the largest contingent with 600 of them taking part in the games followed by Australia (550), England (525), Canada (400), New Zealand (325), Malaysia (325), Scotland (300) and Wales (240). South Africa will be the biggest team from Africa with 220 participants.
By participating in the Delhi Games, Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales will keep their record as the only nations to participate in all editions of the Commonwealth Games.
The officials also confirmed Pakistan and Sri Lanka will send contingents of around 125 each. Talking about the participation of the athletes in the four para-sports, Bhanot confirmed that around 150 will be there during the Games. Regarding the facilities for the accommodation of the athletes in the Games Village, Bhanot said, "We have made proper arrangements for 7,200 people in the Games Village and are very confident that the facilities there are up to the mark."
Queen's Baton reaches Mumbai
IANS from Mumbai: The Queen's Baton Relay for the 2010 Commonwealth Games arrived here Friday noon to a tumultuous welcome by a large gathering of sports personalities, officials and enthusiastic youth.
Chief Minister Ashok Chavan received the baton which arrived by a boat from Karanje naval jetty in Uran, Navi Mumbai, to the Gateway of India in south Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, Chavan expressed the hope that the Games would spread a spirit of sportsmanship among all.