Delhi, India expressed mixed emotions at the official opening ceremony of the 19th edition of the Commonwealth Games even as the world’s most populous democracy, India, played host to the biggest sporting event in its history.
Most Delhi-ites expressed gratitude that India was host to such an event and the fact that it would provide the country with an opportunity to showcase its progress and development to the global community.
However, at the same time they were ashamed at the tardiness in delivering the facilities, the embarrassment of the Games Village and its unsanitary conditions at the time of the scheduled opening, corruption and shoddy construction in some instances.
Transportation is still a major problematic and there are several contentious issues that threaten the smooth functioning of the Games in all aspects.
But the Games have started and the athletes are on show and when this happens there is a tendency on the part of all involved to put the negatives behind them.
Athletes in Squash, Table Tennis and Tennis were all involved in competition on the first day of competition.
Men’s Singles 1st Round Match
Jules Snagg who came up against Trinidad and Tobago’s Colin Ramsara. Snagg proved competitive in only the first of the three games. He lost 0-1 (7-11, 5-6)
Othniel Bailey was drawn against Robin Clarke of Canada. 0-3 (9-11, 6-11, 3-11)
James Bentick played Mohamad Azian Iskandar of Malaysia, the eight seed of the competition. 0-3 (7-11, 3-11, 0-11)
Tennis got started on the first day of competition and the lone participant, Roxann Williams, lost to Irufa Aminath Mahir 2-0 (6-3; 6-2).
Kamal Hunte played Xavier Therien (Canada) and lost (0-3) 6-11, 5-11 and 2-11
Carlton Davidson Daniel came up against Pierre-luc Hinse (Canada) and lost (0-3) 7-11, 6-11, 1-11
Romano Spencer played against Andre Ho (Canada) and lost (0-3) 3-11, 2-11, 4-11
The schedule for the next few days:
Boxing at Talkatova Stadium
|Wednesday 6th.||Keithland King (St. Vincent) Vs Stephen Thank (Malawi) – Preliminaries|
|Thursday 7th.||Jhaziel Lewis (St. Vincent) Vs Ikani Falekaono (Tonga) – Quarter finals|
|Saturday 9th.||Lorenz Duncan (St. Vincent) Vs Kevin Envans (Wales) or Samir El Mais (Canada) – Quarterfinals|
|6th October.||6:30pm||Natasha Mayers – 100m Qual A|
|5:45pm||100m Quarter finals|
|7th October||7:015pm||100m Finals|
|14th October.||6:30AM||Pamenos Ballantyne – Marathon|