RxPG News XML Feed for RxPG News   Add RxPG News Headlines to My Yahoo!  

Medical Research Health Special Topics World
 Latest Research 
 Clinical Trials
 Infectious Diseases
 Public Health
 Alternative Medicine
 Sports Medicine
 Medical News 
 Awards & Prizes
 Special Topics 
 Odd Medical News
 Reservation Issue
 Overseas Indian Doctor

Last Updated: May 20, 2007 - 10:48:48 AM
News Report
Gulf & Middle East Channel

subscribe to Gulf & Middle East newsletter
Gulf & Middle East

   EMAIL   |   PRINT
Pollution, traffic could have cost Delhi the Asian Games
Apr 18, 2007 - 11:57:35 AM
New Delhi was also banking on the fact that it is hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games and most of the infrastructure would be ready for the Asian Games. Asian countries, however, did not seem to have taken that into account while voting.

Article options
 Email to a Friend
 Printer friendly version
 Gulf & Middle East channel RSS
 More Gulf & Middle East news
[RxPG] Kuwait City, April 18 - The Indian capital's pollution and traffic congestion - cause of 'concern' for the bids evaluation committee - could have led to New Delhi's 19-26 defeat to South Korea's Incheon city in the race to host the 2014 Asian Games.

The evaluation committee of the Olympic Council of Asia - listed the two areas of concern in its report following its visit to New Delhi to assess its readiness and preparedness to host the 17th Asian Games.

'A few areas of concern of the committee members, which was addressed to the bidding committee, was the question of pollution and traffic congestion,' the committee commented in its 107-page report, a copy of which is with IANS.

'The bidding committee assured the members that pollution levels had come down drastically in Delhi with the arrival of Metro rail as well as all public transport vehicle being run compulsorily on compressed natural gas,' it said, and pointed out that Delhi had been 'declared as the most green capital in the world'.

The committee wrote that it was assured by Indian officials that a separate lane would be earmarked for the games to avoid traffic congestion.

Forty-five countries voted in a secret ballot to choose Incheon at the Olympic Council of Asia - general assembly here Tuesday.

While the pollution and traffic could have played a part in New Delhi's defeat, several Indian Olympic Association - officials said some smaller countries ditched India after assuring them their support.

They also alleged, on condition of anonymity, that money could have also played a decisive part.

'We lost 19-26,' a top IOA official told IANS. The margin was not announced publicly as per OCA regulations Tuesday.

'One reason for our defeat was that a few smaller nations did not support us. One or two countries from the South Asian region too could have voted against New Delhi and one or two in West Asia could have done the same,' he said.

'We lost by seven votes, but had we got four - votes we would have won,' he said of the 45-member house.

IOA president Suresh Kalmadi and his Pakistani counterpart Syed Arif Hasan had exuded confidence Monday that all seven votes - in the South Asian region would go to New Delhi. It did not happen exactly like that.

Incehon's offer of a total of $20 million to all 45 countries to train their athletes and buy equipment also seem to have did the trick as New Delhi could offer only $200,000 each to the countries for the same purpose.

'We could not offer more money as the cabinet had told us that we could not offer more than Rs.500 million,' said another top IOA official.

Most members of the IOA delegation believed that Sports Minister Mani Shaker Aiyar's adverse comments about the games bid contributed to the defeat. 'Mani Shanker Aiyar has won,' an angry Kalmadi said after the defeat.

An IOA official said the Incheon delegation highlighted Aiyar's comments during the OCA general assembly.

'They photocopied in large sizes Aiyar's statement in the Indian media and distributed to all the countries here.'

New Delhi was also banking on the fact that it is hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games and most of the infrastructure would be ready for the Asian Games. Asian countries, however, did not seem to have taken that into account while voting.

While New Delhi hosted the 1951 and 1982 Asian Games, Incheon has never hosted the event.

Related Gulf & Middle East News
Britain will continue to support Iraq: Blair
No intention to wipe Israel 'off the map': Larijani
Arab League chief blames Israel for Gaza infighting
Economic meet on Middle East opens in Jordan
Car bomb kills three Iraqi policemen
Israeli double air strike kills five in Gaza
Indian crew deported after serving term for killing sailor
Tailor made insurance for Indians in UAE
Smart card - Ahmadinejad's answer to petrol consumption
Seven Palestinians killed in Israeli airstrikes

Subscribe to Gulf & Middle East Newsletter
E-mail Address:

For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

© All rights reserved 2004 onwards by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited
Contact Us