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April 3, 2014 | By David Wharton
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will start with a bang -- a big bang -- as organizers have announced they will explode five nearby apartment buildings to kick off their opening ceremony. The violent demise of the crumbling, 30-story Red Road towers in Glasgow, Scotland, will be televised to a worldwide audience and shown on a 328-foot video screen for the crowd inside Celtic Park. "It will be a ceremony like no other, showcasing our city's unique style and personality," said Gordon Matheson, leader of the Glasgow City Council.
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April 3, 2014 | By David Wharton
The 2014 Commonwealth Games will start with a bang -- a big bang -- as organizers have announced they will explode five nearby apartment buildings to kick off their opening ceremony. The violent demise of the crumbling, 30-story Red Road towers in Glasgow, Scotland, will be televised to a worldwide audience and shown on a 328-foot video screen for the crowd inside Celtic Park. "It will be a ceremony like no other, showcasing our city's unique style and personality," said Gordon Matheson, leader of the Glasgow City Council.
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July 27, 1986 | Associated Press
A swimming official wound up in the pool during Friday's first session of heats at the Commonwealth Games. Chief Judge Leslie Turberville fell into one of the vacant outside lines while trying to get a closer look at one of the competitors in the women's 400-meter individual medley.
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September 4, 2013 | Staff and Wire Reports
Usain Bolt plans to retire after the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Bolt said Wednesday he wants to win more gold in Rio, set another world record in the 200 meters next year, and perhaps win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. "So far, [it] is after the Olympics in Rio," Bolt said of his retirement plans. "I think if I am in great shape, I'll go there and do what I have to do. I think it will be a good time to retire on top. " Winning three more golds in Moscow last month made him the most decorated athlete in world championship history with eight golds and two silvers.
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September 17, 2010 | By Mark Magnier
About the only thing beating expectations ahead of the Commonwealth Games here is the mosquito population, helpfully delivering a dengue fever epidemic that is expected to peak just in time for the opening ceremony early next month. The mosquito-borne illness has struck more than 7,000 people across India, including two top cyclists. (The 7,000 athletes and team officials who are about to descend on New Delhi might want to pack some bug spray: Their village is in a prime mosquito breeding area along the fetid Yamuna River.
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July 30, 1986 | Associated Press
English swimmer Sarah Hardcastle came within a fraction of a second Tuesday of breaking Tracey Wickham's world 800-meter freestyle record during competition on the sixth day of the Commonwealth Games. The 17-year-old Hardcastle won her second gold medal of the games as she set a European record of 8 minutes 24.77 seconds, the second-best time ever recorded and just .15 of a second outside the Australian's 8-year-old mark.
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July 27, 1986 | United Press International
Bermuda's surprising withdrawal from the 13th Commonwealth Games overshadowed the sporting activity Saturday. The boycott was designed to put pressure on the British government to impose economic sanctions on South Africa. Bermuda's participation seemed secure two days ago, when its team marched in the opening ceremony.
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July 21, 1986 | Associated Press
India withdrew Sunday from the Commonwealth Games in protest over Britain's policy toward South Africa, dealing the biggest blow yet to the competition scheduled to open Thursday in Edinburgh, Scotland. Twenty-four of the 58 countries and territories eligible to compete have said they will not participate. India would have had the largest Third World delegation--126 members--in the competition known as "the friendly games" that is held every four years.
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August 2, 1986 | Associated Press
Rob de Castella became the first man to retain a Commonwealth Games marathon title, and another Australian, Lisa Martin, won the first women's marathon Friday. De Castella won by 53 seconds. He led for all but a brief period midway through the race and slowed down near the end to win in 2 hours 10 minutes 15 seconds. Dave Edge of Canada gained the silver medal, and Australia's Steve Moneghetti, running in his first marathon, took the bronze.
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July 25, 1986 | Associated Press
The Commonwealth Games, plagued by a political boycott over South Africa, opened Thursday with a dazzling display of color and pageantry but with only 27 of the original 58 teams scheduled to compete. In a dramatic, last-minute development, Bermuda's team of eight athletes and five officials decided to stay in the games and defy an order to join the boycott by 31 other countries, colonies and territories.
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April 9, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Howard & Sons, an Australian pyrotechnics company, worked overtime before the Commonwealth Games here in October to ensure that the opening and closing ceremony firework displays were a success. When officials with India's Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee didn't help the firm with the paperwork needed to import, store and transport explosives, the company says, it was forced to ship them by air at significant expense. When staff accreditation was delayed and the stadium opened late, the outfit went into overdrive to see to it that the fireworks were properly mounted on the stadium's rooftop and integrated with the music, which for the closing ceremony arrived just 24 hours before showtime.
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October 15, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
The international embarrassment that India suffered in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games ? marred by massive cost overruns, a collapsed bridge and widespread corruption allegations ? has focused attention on a stubborn cultural condition that if not checked, analysts here say, could undercut India's superpower ambitions. An attitude referred to in Hindi as " chalta hai ," which translates to "it goes" but can mean "don't be bothered," "whatever," "it'll do," or "don't fret (such problems as corruption, delays, shoddy quality)
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October 4, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and Anshul Rana, Los Angeles Times
When the Commonwealth Games kicked off here Sunday night, India relished the spectacle as an antidote to months of bad press over alleged corruption and mismanagement, including headlines about a collapsed footbridge, a tourist shooting and a filthy athletes' village. India has hoped to use the Games to showcase its booming economy and growing international clout in the same way China did with the 2008 Summer Olympics. But the many scandals in the run-up to the Games have left some worried that they would dent the nation's stature rather than elevate it. Some in the news media have dubbed them the "Shame Games.
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October 1, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The government people came one night in late September and built a partition covered with bright blue plastic sheeting and adorned with cartoonish tiger mascots and "Come Out and Play" slogans. It hid the slum known as Coolie Camp on the airport road where the foreigners pass. Irfana Begum, 40, who collects garbage, must now lug her three-wheeled bicycle over about 300 feet of rocky ground to get to the road and make her living. Begum, a 15-year resident of the slum, squatted in the dirt in a dusty sari, her bare feet adorned with toe rings.
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September 20, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Two gunmen opened fire Sunday on tourists near one of India's largest mosques, injuring two Taiwanese men before making their escape on a motorcycle, raising security concerns two weeks before India hosts a major international sporting event. The tourists were shot about 11:10 a.m. as they were boarding a bus parked near Jama Masjid, a mosque in New Delhi's crowded, labyrinthine old city, police said, sparking a major manhunt and a security alert in the Indian capital and Mumbai.
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September 17, 2010 | By Mark Magnier
About the only thing beating expectations ahead of the Commonwealth Games here is the mosquito population, helpfully delivering a dengue fever epidemic that is expected to peak just in time for the opening ceremony early next month. The mosquito-borne illness has struck more than 7,000 people across India, including two top cyclists. (The 7,000 athletes and team officials who are about to descend on New Delhi might want to pack some bug spray: Their village is in a prime mosquito breeding area along the fetid Yamuna River.
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July 31, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
The swimming competition in the Commonwealth Games was delayed 45 minutes Wednesday due to a bomb scare a few minutes before the arrival of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Officials said that during a routine security check, a sniffer dog became excited, and it was decided to carry out out a full search of the Royal Commonwealth pool. The building was evacuated, but after the search turned up nothing, competitors and spectators were allowed back in.
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August 2, 1989 | From Associated Press
The decision of 16 English cricketers to play in a South Africa tour this winter might destroy the Commonwealth Games, a British sports official said today. Tony Ward, spokesman for the British Amateur Athletics Board, said that if black African countries protest by boycotting next year's event in Auckland, New Zealand--as they did the Edinburgh games in 1986--"it would be the last Commonwealth Games."
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November 10, 1998 | SHAV GLICK
The Commonwealth Games went virtually unnoticed when they were held in September in Kuala Lumpur. All of which prompted Harry Pearson, in Total Sport, to comment: "The Commonwealth Games is the sporting equivalent of the appendix: We all know it's there but the exact point of it, no one can quite fathom. Sometimes, of course, the appendix grabs our attention by bursting.
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