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Problems still mar India’s Commonwealth Games

October 8, 2010

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— Thursday’s results at the Commonwealth Games saw the usual haul of gold medals by some of the world’s top athletes — but the glory was accompanied by glitches: A large scoreboard crashed to the ground at the vacant rugby stadium and more than a dozen swimmers fell ill with a stomach virus.

New problems overshadowed athletic achievements at the largest international sporting event in India’s history, drawing more than 6,000 athletes and officials from 71 countries and territories.

India had hoped its widely praised opening ceremony, with neon sitars, hundreds of yoga masters posing in synch and a catchy pop anthem from Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman, would sweep away memories of the scandals that plagued the run-up to the event.

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