Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Louise Martin on Saturday highlighted the positive legacy created by Delhi 2010 on the 10-year anniversary of the Commonwealth Games in India. The Delhi Commonwealth Games, the biggest multi-sport event to be staged in India, ran from October 3-14, 2010 and saw over 4,000 athletes compete across 21 disciplines.
After 11 spectacular days of sport, India achieved its best performance ever at the Commonwealth Games, finishing second overall by winning 101 medals, including 48 gold. Delhi 2010, which marked the first time India had hosted the Commonwealth Games, saw five new sporting venues constructed while there were significant venue upgrades to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, host of the ceremonies and athletics events, as well as the Indira Gandhi Stadium that staged track cycling, wrestling and gymnastics.
"There are now world-class training facilities full of athletes of all ages, while four venues, including the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Indira Gandhi Stadium, now provide free access for Delhi residents to participate in sport," the CGF said in a statement. "Sporting participation, particularly among young people, has increased since the Games, as has investment in sport science to support high-performance athletes. In addition to the sporting infrastructure and facilities, transport across Delhi has improved significantly, through work undertaken due to the Games," it added.
Regarding the legacy the 2020 Games created to the non-sporting infrastructure of the city, the CGF said, "There have been significant upgrades to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, while road-widening projects, new flyovers and modern bridges all put in place for Delhi 2010 have dramatically improved links for the thriving capital city."
Louise Martin said: "At the invitation of Commonwealth Games India (CGI) President Dr Narinder Dhruv Batra, I was delighted to travel to Delhi last year to witness first-hand the amazing legacy of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. Although the lead up to the Games experienced some well-publicised challenges, this does not undermine the incredible sporting achievements of Commonwealth athletes at the first ever Games in India. Indeed, I passionately believe that the true legacy of Delhi 2010 is a hugely positive story that deserves to be told."
Happy Anniversary Delhi 2010! 🎉
10 years ago today, Delhi opened India's first ever hosting duties of the #CommonwealthGames.
To mark the occasion Dame Louise Martin has reflected on the incredible legacy left by the Games ⬇️
— Commonwealth Games Federation (@thecgf) October 3, 2020
She said she was fortunate to travel to a number of venues, including the Indira Gandhi Stadium, where she saw athletes of all ages training under the guidance of some of the best coaches in India. "It was truly inspiring to see these venues full and thriving, with children as young as six years-old training alongside their inspirational role models like six-time world champion boxer Mary Kom."
Martin regretted that she could not be in the Indian capital to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Although the pandemic means that I cannot be in Delhi at this time to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, I know that the Commonwealth Sport Movement will continue to play an important role across India. My message to everyone in Delhi and across India is first and foremost hope and solidarity in our collective ability to safely navigate through and beyond this global pandemic."
CGI President Narinder Batra said: "Delhi 2010 was a fantastic event that created a huge platform for Commonwealth Sport and Commonwealth athletes to thrive across India. "We are proud to be remembering this special 10-year anniversary milestone today and look forward to future opportunities to staging and celebrating Commonwealth Sport in India." Due to the pandemic, the CGI and the CGF have agreed to postpone the official 10-year celebration function in Delhi to a later date.