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Delhi Games is to be the biggest CWG ever.

entertainment Updated: Sep 15, 2010 02:57 IST
Aakriti Sawhney
Aakriti Sawhney
Hindustan Times

And you thought that no one will come to the Capital. According to the Commonwealth Games officials, the Games that will take place in October is all set to become the largest Games in the history of CWG. There will be around 7000 athletes and team officials from 71 nations and territories as compared to 5,800 athletes and team officials in Melbourne in the last Games in 2006.

“We are delighted to announce that Delhi 2010 is set to become the largest ever Commonwealth Games and are confident that it will be conducted smoothly,” says Lalit K. Bhanot, Delhi Secretary-General, Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010. "This number is likely to go up as the Commonwealth Games Federation has a policy for accepting late entries and there are many requests," adds Bhanot.

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India will field the biggest contingent of more than 600 athletes and team officials while Bostwana will be the smallest with less than five athletes and officials. There are athletes in 17 disciplines and four Para Sport events. Also, the Games Village will accommodate 7200 persons,” says Bhanot.

India’s neighbours, Pakistan and Sri Lanka will send contingents of around 125 athletes each. Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland and Wales will keep their record as the only nations to participate in all editions of the CWG when they compete in Delhi 2010.

However, everything should be taken with a pinch of salt unless and until we don’t see it with our own eyes.

First Published: Sep 14, 2010 17:11 IST