Who should open the 2010 Commonwealth Games?

By Reuters Staff
September 27, 2010

The latest controversy to hit the Delhi Commonwealth Games is the question of who is going to inaugurate it.

A labourer stands in front of boards advertising the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi September 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mansi ThapliyalThe opening ceremony for the two-week sporting event, held every four years for former British colonies, is on Oct 3.

Some media reports said there had been a row between India and Britain over whether India’s president, Pratibha Singh Patil, or Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne who is standing in for Queen Elizabeth at the ceremony, would open the Games.

A spokesman for the British embassy, however, said Prince Charles would open the Games and denied there was any controversy. Some media reports said a compromise was reached between the Indian president and Prince Charles.

Who do you think should open the 2010 Commonwealth Games?


Prince Charles is expected to formally open the Games as the stand-in for his mother, the head of the Commonwealth. But maybe it’s time to give tradition a break. Since the Queen’s not in town, let the host nation’s head of state have the honour.

Posted by kneetoe | Report as abusive

I think Kalmadi should inaugurate, participate, win medals, sleep in the village and close the games too.

Posted by yadesh | Report as abusive

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