COMMONWEALTH GAMES 2010 Commonwealth Games 2010 Logo Delhi is proudly hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Delhi bagged the right to host the event over competing nations like Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. This is the third major event Delhi is going to host after the successful Asian Games in the year 1951 & 1982. India being a developing country needed such events to show its importance to the world and this will be the second time when such an event is held in Asia. Among the developing countries, it was Jamaica and Malaysia that got the chance to host the Commonwealth games in 1966 and 1998 respectively. Success in Commonwealth Games 2010 would increase India's chances of hosting 2016 Summer Olympics. The event will be headed by the Sports Ministry whereas the president of the Indian Olympic Association, Suresh Kalmadi will head the organizing committee for the games. Though the dates for the games have not been fixed as yet but it is understood that the games would be held in the month of October or November. The organizing committee exposed the advertising campaign for the games on March 26, 2006 immediately after the flag for the games were transferred from the Melbourne Mayor to the Mayor of Delhi. Lots of thoughts were put in about the inclusion of games like cricket in the competition but BCCI's disapproval to hosting 20-20 matches dampened the chance of cricket in Commonwealth Games. The triathlon seems to be excluded from the competition because of the lack of suitable swimming stage. The games committee is building several new stadiums for the event to be held in 2010. Apart from the basic infrastructure related to the hosting of games in the city, there is a complete renovation plan for the city by 2010. The proposals have been approved and the work on those lines has already begun. This includes a complete facelift to the city with new roads, improved transport system, new hotels, flyovers, new power plants, etc. The total budget or an estimated cost of gearing up the city for the major event would be somewhere close to $17.5 billion. Development work is progress in and around Delhi so that the city is complete with the entire necessary infrastructure before the Commonwealth Games 2010. A special Commonwealth Games village is being constructed in the heart of the city near I.P Estate and the Akshardham Tample. The Commonwealth Games Village is being developed on a 40 acre land and the place is expected to accommodate 8,500 athletes and officials. The existing venues are being renovated with latest standards and facilities. On the other hand, new venues are being constructed in the Games Village. Some of the important games to be played in the Commonwealth Games 2010 are Aquatics, Gymnastics, Rugby 7s, Athletics, Bowls, Table Tennis, Boxing, Cycling, EAD Events, Hockey, Badminton, Shooting, Squash, Netball, and Weightlifting. The stadiums and sports venues where the games would be held are: * Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium * Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium complex * Siri Fort Sports Complex * Tyagaraj Sports Complex * Maj. Dhyan Chand National Stadium * Talkatora Indoor Stadium * Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range * Yamuna Sports Complex * Delhi University New stadiums are being constructed in the Commonwealth Games village where other sporting events would take place. Some of the games would also be played in a sporting venue of Noida.