Month: November 2019

NBA: Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s jersey next season

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Celtics ink Paul Pierce to one-day contractKnown best for his moniker “The Truth,” Pierce wore number 34 throughout his first 15 seasons as a Celtic, culminated by an NBA title and NBA Finals MVP award in 2008.He left the team in 2013 to join the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a one-year stint with the Washington Wizards a year after. His quest for another title led to a reunion with former Celtics head coach Doc Rivers ofthe Los Angeles Clippers for the past two seasons.Pierce was a 10-time All-Star in Beantown and held career averages of 21.8 points, six rebounds and 3.9 assists while donning the Celtic colors.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agocenter_img Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PH archers miss shot at third medal The team’s co-owner, Steve Pagliuca, confirmed that the team will hold Pierce’s much-deserved jersey retirement ceremony sometime in the 2017-2018 NBA campaign.“It’s going to be fantastic,” the executive told the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For our era, the most recent era, he embodied the Celtics’ leadership, the Celtics’ brand and was the MVP of the championship team. So it’s going to be fantastic to see that happen.”Last July, the team inked the 39-year-old forward to a one-day contract so he could walk away from the sport as a member of the franchise. Paul Pierce (34) bends down to kiss the Boston Celtics logo following an NBA basketball game on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Boston.  AP Photo/Steven SenneThe Boston Celtics franchise paraded a string of legendary players through the years, from Bill Russell to Larry Bird to Robert Parish, among others.But perhaps nobody embodied the Celtic Green  in the modern era more than recently retired forward Paul Pierce.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

PBA: Meralco ties Ginebra atop standings, trips Globalport

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESMeralco strengthened its bid for a top two finish in the PBA Governors’ Cup, bombarding Globalport to submission, 100-93, Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Bolts tied Ginebra at the top of the ladder with 8-2 records while the Batang Pier, who are already out of the playoffs, saw their conference end at 3-8.ADVERTISEMENT FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: LeBron practices with new-look Cavs MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

NU gains finals, outlasts Arellano in grueling comeback win

first_imgPVL: FEU drags Adamson into semis game 3 LATEST STORIES Read Next MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight National University showed great resolve and rallied past Arellano University, 25-17, 26-28, 17-25, 25-13, 20-18, to book the first ticket in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Led by their towering spiker Jaja Santiago, the Lady Bulldogs climbed back from a two-sets-to-one hole and rose from a 13-9 in the fifth set in stunning fashion.ADVERTISEMENT Santiago carried NU in the pivotal stretch as she came up clutch with six hits.The Lady Bulldogs also got unlikely help from the Lady Chiefs’ Jovielyn Prado, who committed back-to-back errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNU, which remained unscathed in the conference, faces either Adamson or Far Eastern University in the championship round.The Lady Tamaraws forced a do-or-die Game 3 on Monday after edging the Lady Falcons in five sets. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Meralco frustrates Ginebra, forces Game 7

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance PLAY LIST 03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games READ: More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 “The motivation is just winning. We just wanted to have the chance to play for a Game 7 and we got it,” said coach Norman Black.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith championship series tied at 3-3, Ginebra and Meralco will go for all the marbles in Game 7 on Friday, with another massive crowd expected at the world’s largest indoor arena.The reigning Best Import scattered 28 points, 19 rebounds, and three assists for the Bolts as he gets one more shot at completing what he regards as his “unfinished business.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With Meralco’s back against the wall, the local crew finally woke up from its slumber and led the Bolts to a 98-91 victory over Ginebra on Wednesday at Philippine Arena here to force a winner-take-all Game 7 in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.Allen Durham didn’t have to carry much of the load this time, getting significant contributions from surprise starter Garvo Lanete and super sub Reynel Hugnatan as Meralco finally found its mark from downtown to hush the record 53,642 in attendance.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Pumaren on UE’s Final 4 bid: We’re still here Hugnatan punished the Gin Kings from rainbow country, going 6-of-12 from three to wound up with 24 markers, seven boards, and four dimes.Lanete was on-point as well from beyond the arc, pumping 15 points powered by three triples, on top of five rebounds and two assists.Chris Newsome also flirted with a triple-double with his 10 markers, 11 assists, and seven assists, as he orchestrated Meralco’s standout 12-of-28 sniping from three this game.With the Bolts connecting from the three-point land, they pummeled the Gin Kings early, jumping off to a 22-12 lead which ballooned to 20, 44-24 midway in the second period.Ginebra, though, came back strong in the second half, unleashing a 32-point third quarter blast and slowly chipped away Meralco’s lead to as low as four, 90-86, with a Mark Caguioa jumper with 3:45 to play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES The Kings, though, could not secure the rebound in the clutch as the Bolts repeatedly got their cracks at the bucket before Durham and Hugnatan delivered the dagger baskets in the final minute.“I think the two days off did us a lot of good. It helped to revive our legs a little bit and give usenergy. It was still really tough to beat Ginebra. They’re well-coached, they play hard every game, and of course they have the crowd support so they never really get down. And you really have to fight every second just to beat them,” said Black.The Bolts outrebounded the Gin Kings, 51-41, with Meralco securing 22 offensive boards.Justin Brownlee paced Ginebra in the losing effort with 23 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and two blocks, while Greg Slaughter chimed in 18 markers and six boards.The Scores:MERALCO 98 – Durham 28, Hugnatan 24, Lanete 15, Newsome 10, Dillinger 9, Hodge 6, Amer 6, Caram 0.GINEBRA 91 – Brownlee 23, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 12, Thompson 12, Devance 11, Aguilar 6, Caguioa 6, Ferrer 3, Taha 0.Quarters: 29-17, 54-37, 75-69, 98-91. View commentslast_img read more

Westbrook’s 34 points lead Thunder past Warriors

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Oklahoma City held the Warriors to 42 percent shooting in the first half and forced them into 10 turnovers. The home crowd gave the Thunder a standing ovation as they walked off the floor.Early in the third quarter, Westbrook had a steal and dunk, then a steal and layup plus a foul that brought the crowd to its feet. He made the free throw to put the Thunder ahead 72-52. Oklahoma City led 94-71 at the end of the third and Warriors coach Steve Kerr pulled his starters with about eight minutes remaining. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Westbrook said it was just another game in the buildup, but he didn’t play like it. At one point in the third quarter, Westbrook and Durant went forehead to forehead and were called for double technicals.Westbrook’s new All-Star teammates came through. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points and Paul George added 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe crowd booed Durant nearly every time he touched the ball. He finished with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Stephen Curry scored 24 points for the Warriors, who produced their lowest point total of the season.The Thunder led 65-48 at halftime as Westbrook filled the stat sheet with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Anthony had 16 points and George had 14 at the break. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Manute Bol could have been ’40 or 50 years old’ while in NBA, ex-coach says Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, keeps the ball from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY—Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91 on Wednesday night.It was Oklahoma City’s first win over the Warriors since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors after the 2015-16 season. Golden State won all four meetings last season by an average of nearly 20 points.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Read Next Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES Golden State has won all six games since Curry injured the ankle on Dec. 4 at New Orleans.Curry will miss two more games this week, as well as the Christmas Day showdown against Cleveland before getting evaluated again. Read Next La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Omri Casspi came off the bench to contribute 12 points and six rebounds. While coach Steve Kerr would far prefer a healthy roster, he appreciates the opportunities many of his role players are receiving to play more significant an important minutes.“I like it,” said Kerr, who certainly wasn’t going to be pleased with the 16 turnovers.The Warriors began a seven-game homestand in a stretch with nine of 10 games at home before next playing away from Oracle Arena on Jan. 3 at Dallas.Curry did some light on-court work at morning shootaround a day after the Warriors said the two-time MVP would be out at least another week with the ankle injury. Kerr said it was Curry’s first time moving laterally, and he wouldn’t scrimmage or practice before being examined again.“He had a good day today. He was working out with Steve Nash and Q (Bruce Fraser) and got a lot of good stuff and it looked like he was moving pretty well,” Kerr said. “A good sign.”ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, David West and Omri Casspi, from left. APOAKLAND, California — Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 29 points in the first half and made his first nine field goals, leading the undermanned Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 97-84 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for their 10th straight win.Kevin Durant added 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots as defending champion Golden State was down five regulars again, including two-time MVP Stephen Curry out for his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Thompson shot 10 for 16 overall and didn’t miss until a 3-point try with 6:10 left before halftime.Curry tweeted in the midst of Thompson’s hot start: “Somebody is having a great game!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThompson received a rare technical — his seventh in seven seasons — with 10:22 left in the game for arguing when he thought he was fouled.Marc Gasol had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Memphis, which started a stretch with seven of eight games on the road. The Grizzlies were 10 of 44 in the second half, shot 12 for 31 from 3-point range and committed 17 turnovers. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: A ‘homecoming’ for the Hyperdunk ’17

first_imgNGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LOOK: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas Pilipinas MOST READ The Hyperdunk 2017 ‘Manila’ (retail: P6,745, Titan BGC and Titan22.com), is the latest in the line of Nike “homecoming” kicks released to satiate the thirst of flag-waving Filipino hoop fans for local-flavored lines.Among the fan-favorite “homecoming” kicks from Nike include the Kobe 9 EM “Philippines,” which features the likeness of flip-flops, another streetball fixture, and the Lebron 14 “Agimat,” which features Filipino words and phrases and was inspired by Gilas Pilipinas.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Hyperdunk 2017 Manila is of of six shoes representing different cities with rich basketball culture. The others include American playground haunts New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, Chinese hoop hotbed Beijing and Spanish basketball mecca Madrid.The “Tenement” tribute shoe honors the place where every Filipino baller dreamt of playing big-time hoops in front of adoring crowds: The streets. Taking inspiration from the Tenement Court Taguig, the limited edition Hyperdunk 2017 Manila still features its latest cushioning breakthrough, Nike React.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat means players still get the quick bounce reaction that streetball players will find reassuring even during the harshest concrete court battles.Even the aesthetics of the shoe takes from the tenements. It boasts an all-gray upper and concrete-style midsole. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hyperdunk ’17 ‘Tenement’.Another Nike shoe comes home. And this one is a little bit closer to the heart of the Filipino baller.Going straight back to the roots of Filipino hoop dreams, Nike just announced the Hyperdunk 2017 Manila with little fanfare–but expect patriotic local sneakerheads to rave about this latest pair.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Coordination and cohesion: Getting to know chinlone

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters PH goal scorer Cubon hurt but will be ready for Indonesia LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A successful routine counts as one point, and the team with the most points after a 10-minute round wins.READ: PH bags silver medal in men’s sepak takrawPassing should be seamless because it’s a race against time. A failed routine would require the ball to be served—which takes precious time.“So it’s important that you communicate very well with you teammates,” said Bobier.“I think we did well considering we only trained for four months,” he added. “Malaysia has been a team for years. But I think we can still improve and raise our level.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ View comments For one, Bobier said the team regularly takes a shower together.READ: Sepak takraw targeting 2 golds FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“We are like family. We shower together. Eat together and dress together,” said the 25-year-old Army First Class.Chinlone, a discipline under the sport of sepak takraw, requires six players in a circle performing a routine of kicking a ball made of wicker one after another. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Rhemwil Catana of Philippines. during the Chinlone event at the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur where Chinlone team won the 1st silver for the country. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—Chinlone, the event that broke the Philippines into medal column, requires hand-foot-eye coordination as much as cohesion and team work.Team member Johnjohn Bobier said they may have came up short in skills department — after settling for silver behind gold winner Malaysia — but not in camaraderie.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

Canada, Scotland teams delay their departure for ‘troubled’ CWG

first_imgWith barely a week to go before the Commonwealth Games would begin in the national capital, Scotland and Canada have decided to delay the departures of their teams to New Delhi because of the unfinished athletes’ Games Village.Labourers work outside Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue for the Commonwealth Games, in New Delhi on Wednesday, September 22, 2010.Meanwhile, an official with the New Zealand swimming team said international swimming federations could quickly stage an alternative meet if the Games were cancelled.Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell headed to New Delhi, seeking emergency talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the situation, the Games’ Chief Executive, Mike Hooper, said on Wednesday. Hooper had castigated Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi earlier this year for the haphazard planning and execution of Games projects.The idea of holding the Commonwealth Games in India initially sounded good as this would have helped the country broaden stage for international competitions and encouraged economic development.But frantic last-minute preparations are verging on chaos, international sports officials are furious, and the Games have become an international embarrassment that could threaten plans for major sporting events in other developing nations.The Games organisers have faced a slew of troubles recently, including heavy rains, a citywide outbreak of dengue fever, fears over security after the shooting of two tourists near Jama Masjid, and the collapse of a pedestrian bridge at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, injuring at least 26 construction workers, five critically. Part of a false ceiling at the weightlifting venue also collapsed on Wednesday.advertisementThe Games Village was still unfinished on Wednesday, the eve of its scheduled opening. The home for more than 7,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories has been called “unfit for human habitation”.Andrew Foster, head of Commonwealth Games England, said on Wednesday “the next 24 to 48 hours is the critical time” to determine if the standards of the athletes’ village can be raised.So far, four athletes – including three world champions – have said they won’t attend because of health or safety concerns.Indian government officials insisted they would prove the critics wrong.Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, told the BBC that the Games will be “one of the most successful that the Commonwealth has undertaken”. He blamed “the prolonged monsoon” for the problems.New Delhi, chosen over the Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario, as host, has had seven years to prepare, though little was done until 2008. Armies of workers – often rural villagers making just a few dollars a day – have been deployed across the city in recent weeks to get it ready.Indian officials have long dismissed international worries over the slow preparations, even though they were more than a year behind schedule. At one point, the sports minister joked the Games were like a stereotypical big chaotic Indian wedding – and after lots of last-minute efforts everything would turn out fine.But in recent weeks, as the many problems became more apparent, the media have turned increasingly critical, questioning why the government hadn’t done more to reign in mismanagement.Experts say that taking the event to India carried inherent risks.The trend in recent years among major international sports bodies, such as the International Olympic Committee, is for what organisers call “universality” – spreading major competitions around the world as much as possible, including to developing nations where such events have rarely been held.Last year, the IOC awarded the 2016 Summer Olympics to Rio de Janeiro, taking the games to South America for the first time. Africa is now the only continent that hasn’t had an Olympics. But South Africa’s triumphant hosting of this year’s World Cup despite widespread concerns has made it a strong contender for the 2020 Olympics.”It’s part of a desire to keep expanding the range of countries that can host these events,” senior Canadian IOC member Dick Pound told The Associated Press. “You know when you do that the risks are much higher. You just hope the sense of national importance for the host country will allow it to focus on what resources are required and get it done. That said, the risks remain.”So what happened in India?There’s no simple answer. Certainly some blame lies with the central government, which only recently began keeping a close watch on preparations. The Indian media is also rife with allegations of widespread corruption.And some is pure bad luck: New Delhi has had its heaviest monsoons in decades this year.advertisement”There’s an awful lot of talent in India,” Pound said. “There’s no inherent reason why they could not make a national effort to pull it together better than they have – or seem to have.”He also noted the Commonwealth, unlike the IOC, is at heart a political grouping, so there is pressure to hold some games away from the traditional hosts of Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.”You can’t have the same old four or five white countries doing these games all the time,” he said.The IOC and FIFA both have committees which carry out regular and rigorous inspections of preparations for the Olympics and World Cup, something that helps avoid the type of chaos engulfing the games in India.The IOC had to put heavy pressure on Athens ahead of the 2004 Athens Olympics after chronic construction delays and political wrangling put those games at risk.”We saw what happened in Athens,” Pound said. “There’s a limit to what you can do if you don’t have the national will or there’s a domestic conflict between different groups or political parties.”Pound said Kingston, Jamaica, proved when it hosted the Commonwealth Games in 1966 that developing countries can pull it off with the necessary zeal.The message to India and others, he said, is: “If we’re going to do this and occupy a share of the world’s stage, we’ve got to do it properly. If we’re not committed to it, we shouldn’t do it.”India’s troubles have severely dented its hopes of bidding for the 2020 or 2024 Olympics.”I’m sure it’s put that back by at least a decade,” Pound said.The economic impact of staging major global sports events can weigh heavily on host cities and countries.The Indian government initially pegged the cost of the Commonwealth Games at less than $100 million in 2003, but the figure has skyrocketed, with estimates ranging from $3 billion to more than $10 billion.Unlike the Olympics or World Cup, the Commonwealth Games do not attract major international sponsors or TV rights fees.Although China was able to use the Beijing Olympics to highlight how far it has come after decades of isolation, India is falling behind in that quest.”When you look at China’s very monolithic, dictatorial approach, they have a machine where they can make things happen in a very deterministic manner, whereas India is a colorful and chaotic democracy and sometimes things don’t quite go as planned,” said Gunjan Bagla, founder of Amritt, Inc., a California consulting firm that helps Western companies do business in Asia.But the games remain deeply important to India’s national pride, making it highly unlikely the government will call them off.”We’re absolutely prepared,” Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar, who is in charge of monitoring the readiness for Singh, told CNN-IBN television Wednesday.last_img read more