They are not coming
Will the Delhi Commonwealth Games be a bit of a damp squib with the big stars pulling out?Updated: Aug 03, 2010, 14:17 IST
First the British Queen backed out of the 2010 Commonwealth Games being hosted by Delhi. Then Bollywood was left out. “The fastest man on earth” — Usain Bolt — too pulled out of the Games, which are a mere 62 days away. Now, with tennis ace Samantha Stosur and World champion track cyclist Victoria Pendleton deciding to give the event a miss, the CWG 2010 is fast becoming a starless enterprise, sports enthusiasts say.
“Big names missing is surely a dampener,” laments badminton star and CWG ambassador Saina Nehwal. “First missed deadlines, then scams and now top players pulling out,” tweets media consultant Princa Vora. “Big names pulling out. Let’s hope it doesn’t hamper the Games,” reads the Facebook status of MA student Brinda Dasgupta.A few, however, are happy too. "Ya, let Stosur be out, Sania [Mirza] might just have a faint chance," wrote Rishi Paul on Facebook. This is the first time that tennis has been included in CWG. While the final list of participants will come out on September 3, it may not all be gloomy. "The attractions are going to be fewer," says boxer Akhil Kumar. "But then, the Games will give birth to new stars." Adds Saina, "This will be an opportunity for upcoming athletes."
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