The Delhi Games, also known as the Commonwealth games, were held in 2010 as an international multi-sport event in India. Up to 4,352 athletes from the seventy-one Commonwealth nations participated in the event, competing in twenty-one sports and 272 events.
Thus, the Delhi Games 2010 was the largest Commonwealth Games ever held as well as the largest international multisport event staged in India. Meanwhile, this was the first time the Commonwealth Games were held in India and the second time in Asia.
The games started on 3rd October and ended on 14th October 2010; the event eclipsed the Asian games in 1951 and 1982. The games started with the opening and closing ceremonies, which were held at the main event’s main stadium, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
This was the first time the Commonwealth Republic would host games and the second in a country not headed by a British Monarch. Shera was the Games’ official mascot and Jiyo Utho Bado Jeeto, composed by A. R. Rahman, was the official song.
The whole world was aware of the preparation for the Games, leveling criticisms against the Games’ organizers for their slow pace. Issues concerning security and hygiene were also raised, but the game held and it was a huge success.
The opening and closing ceremonies of the Games were internationally acclaimed; they improved the Games’ image. Soon after it started, observers admitted that although the game started apprehensively, it continued exceptionally, ending on a positive note.
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