Last Sunday, Connaught Place was closed to the public for the CWG cycling competition, even as Delhi-ites wished they could see the spectacle. But this time, there’s good news: spectators can witness the event live, and not just on television. The 42.195-km marathon, scheduled for today, will be telecast on huge screens installed by the Games’ Organising Committee, at public places across Delhi.
“You will see big screens at places like Saket and Connaught Place. We want the crowd to come out and watch the Games”, said Games supremo Suresh Kalmadi.
The Marathon, starting at 6.30am from Parliament Street, will see athletes — 23 men and 12 women — peddling across Jantar Mantar, Barakhamba Road, Minto Road, Deen Dayal Upadhayay Marg, outer and inner circles of Connaught Place and Patel Chowk, before the competition concludes at Parliament Street.
“Big screens mean lots of people. It’s fun cheering in a group,” says Sakhi Rawat, a DU student. “I tried really hard for the tickets, but could not get even one. So I’m happy they’re putting up screens,” says Rohit Tandon, a BPO employee.