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Kalmadi thanks Games stakeholders, promises support to Corruption probe

Under fire Commonwealth Games 2010 Organizing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi issued a statement today thanking the people of Delhi for playing its part in organizing a great Games. 

Kalmadi said, "The people of Delhi and India have done themselves proud as they have successfully hosted Delhi 2010, overcoming all challenges, and demonstrated to the world that the have the capacity and commitment to host major international events.

The OC boss then went on to praise his own team for their role in delivering a great Games. Kalmadi said, "The Indian Olympic Association was responsible for winning the bid to host the Games in Delhi. And the Organising Committee was given the task of delivering the opening and closing ceremonies and the sporting competitions. We have delivered the task of conducting the Games really well. The grand opening and closing ceremonies as well as the actual conduct of the sporting competition have received widespread acclaim and praise, including from athletes and team officials as well as from media at home and overseas.

With respect to the allegations of corruption that surrounded the build-up to the Games, Kalmadi shared, "The Honourable Prime Minister has appointed a committee to probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games. We welcome the initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive, covering all aspects. The Organising Committee will be happy to provide all support to the panel.

Kalmadi concluded by thanking all the stakeholders for playing their role to perfection in the conduct of the Games, and also expressed his delight at India's athletes achieving a record medals haul. 

He said, "The Organising Committee wishes to acknowledge the contributions by all those involved in the preparations and delivery of the Games, especially all stakeholders, the 22,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly and were India's ambassadors during the Games, and the media for its wonderful coverage of the Games. We owe special gratitude to the thousands of security personnel who ensured fool-proof and incident-free security arrangements, foiling any attempts to disrupt the ceremonies and the competitions. Senior Government officials, hundreds of sports officials, National Sports Federations and security agencies worked hard for years and their contribution need to be acknowledged.

"With 101 medals from 12 sport, India's sportspersons finished higher than ever before in a Commonwealth Games and made India proud.

"The whole effort of organising the Games has been applauded by the Commonwealth community and summed by the Commonwealth Games Federation President Mr. Michael Fennell that Delhi has delivered a truly exceptional Games."

Commonwealth Team give Wales Success Platform

Following numerous medal winners and high quality performances from Welsh athletes in Delhi, the future for Wales is bright. However, if we are to be recognised as a nation that can deliver systematic success, there needs to be a step change in the way we develop elite sport, according to Sport Wales.

Team Wales has picked up 19 medals and sit a healthy 15th on the official medals table. While the medals per head of population table places Wales ahead of all the other home nations, and only just behind Australia and New Zealand.


New Zealand end Commonwealth Games with 36 Medals, on a high following Netball win

New Zealand's Delhi campaign came to an epic close today as New Zealand's Silver Ferns claimed gold against Australia in the final event of the 2010 Commonwealth Games. An ecstatic Irene van Dyk surrounded by her team mates accepted accolades from the dozens of Kiwi athletes who turned out to spur the Silver Ferns to victory.

Gold medalists Valerie Adams and Joelle King, together with teammates from cycling, weightlifting, swimming, gymnastics and more had rallied behind the Silver Ferns. The attitude of athletes and the team has been the stand-out feature of the Delhi Commonwealth Games for Chef de Mission Dave Currie.


New Zealand beat Australia to Netball Gold in thrilling Final

The Silver Ferns finished New Zealand's Commonwealth Games campaign in brilliant style today by beating world champions Australia 66-64 to win the netball gold medal. The match, one of the most memorable ever played, was level at 47-47 at the end of fulltime, and when the 14 minutes of extra time was played, the score was 58-58.

From there it went into golden goal - the first team to lead by two would win. The teams, so evenly matched, fought all the way to 64-64 before Maria Tutaia, New Zealand's star player, sank the winning shots. Tutaia had a superb game, shooting 41 from 50 attempts. What's more, many of her attempts were from well out from the post. She shouldered a huge burden. Irene van Dyk, who is generally New Zealand's shooting kingpin, landed 25 goals.

New Zealand trailed 10-9 at quarter-time and 23-20 at halftime, but had a decisive third quarter and led 35-33 at three-quarter time. In the final quarter the Silver Ferns went ahead by seven, but some accurate shooting by Catherine Cox, introduced at goal shoot, brought Australia back into the match in the final few moments.

Tutaia was lost for words afterwards. "I knew it would be like that," she said. "It was always likely to be a close one."

She said the pressure of the situation had got to her in the exciting final stages. "I was nervous out there. I was cramping and just trying to sink the shots."

When Tutaia landed her last shot she leapt for joy and the New Zealanders converged in a circle of laughing and cheering.

For New Zealand, Casey Williams and Katrina Grant played the entire game in the defence circle. Joline Henry and Anna Scarlett split the wing defence duties. Laura Langman played the full game at centre and Temepara George and Liana Barrett-Chase shared the wing attack job. Barrett-Chase was extremely effective, adding punch to the attacking effort at just the right time.

The result means that New Zealand have successfully defended their Commonwealth Games title. The match itself was like a replica of the final the two teams played at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games, except that on that occasion it was the Australians who got there in sudden death extra time.

New Zealand edge out unlucky England to Men's Hockey Bronze

The third-seeded New Zealand men's hockey team grabbed the Commonwealth Games bronze medal today, beating England in a penalty shootout after scores had been deadlocked at 3-3 at the end of fulltime and extra time.

The result was ironic for New Zealand hockey because yesterday the women's Black Sticks dipped out in their gold medal match against Australia when they lost a penalty shootout.

For New Zealand, it was nearly the match they let slip away. They held a two-goal lead and looked likely victors until Steve Edwards was yellow-carded after a collision with England captain Barry Middleton. It allowed England to fight back from 3-1 down, with Simon Mantell scoring all three England goals.


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