The Great Debate (India)

Who should open the 2010 Commonwealth Games?


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.