Posted by: maboulette | October 9, 2010

COMMON WEALTH GAMES 2010

The Common Wealth Games opened in New Delhi India on October 3rd with the opening ceremony held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which is the main stadium of the event.  The games are being held from the 3rd to the 14th of October 2010.

First of all, I knew nothing about these games – did you?  Often it seems we in the US  live in a different world, than the rest of the globe.

These pictures of the opening ceremony were sent to me by a friend in India.  He said that the opening ceremony was 5000 plus years of Indian civilization fast tracked in 3 hours and was simply superb.

Opening Ceremony – CWG 2010 – New Delhi, India

This marks the first time the Commonwealth Games have been held in India and the second time the event has been held in Asia.Opening Ceremony – CWG 2010

In preparation for an influx of English-speaking tourists for the Games, the Delhi government implemented a program to teach English, and the necessary skills for serving tourists, to key workers–such as cab drivers, security workers, waiters, porters, and service staff.CWG 2010- Opening ceremony Oct. 3rd

There are 71 nations participating at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.CWG 2010

In the two years prior to the Games 2,000 drivers were taught English. The program aimed to teach 1,000 people English per month in the hope of reaching all key workers by March 2010. In addition to Delhi, the Indian Government plans to expand the program to teach people in local tourist destinations in other parts of India

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