CWG games: DD to complete preparations by August end

Bhopal: Despite getting venues late for
the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 to be held in New Delhi from
October 3-14, Doordarshan will complete all preparations for
telecasting the mega sporting event in high definition format
by August end, a top DD official said here on Sunday.

"Our target was to start preparations for the telecast
of the games from April and finish it by June. But we have got
the venues very late therefore, things have spill over to
August as our work starts only when the venue is complete,"
Doordarshan Director General (DG), Aruna Sharma said.

The DG arrived here yesterday to launch the
Environment and Science Communication course jointly launched
by Madhavrao Sapre Newspaper Museum and IGNOU.

"Now that we have got the venues, we have started our
work. Everything has been mapped on the spot. Camera positions
are identified and cabling is almost 30-35 per cent over. Some
construction work is needed to be done according to our
requirement but by August end everything will be ready," she

Problems like lighting arrangement and shadows among
others are pointed out and corrective measures are also being
taken by the concerned authorities, Sharma said.

For the first time in India Doordarshan will telecast
the event in the High Definition Television (HDTV) format. It
will be a big change for the people as it involves far
superior quality than the standard format, the DG said adding
private players like Airtel, Reliance and others are now also
switching over to HDTV mode.

"India will make a beginning into the HDTV format from
the Commonwealth Games like in Asiad (1982) when we have made
a beginning into the colour TV mode," the DG said.

Referring to the training part, she said that training
of the Doordarshan staff is already complete. "They are mainly
associated with the transmission of the games."

Doordarshan staff will telecast only three games --
boxing, weight lifting and wrestling -- under the guidance of
the Satellite Information Service (SIS) Live.

Rest of the games will be covered by SIS team which
will be deploying 1200 personnels for the job while
Doordarshan and AIR combine will depute 400 persons on the
job, Sharma said adding another 100 will be deployed at the
Broadcasting Centre.

The trial test of transmission of games from the
venues will begin from September 26 which will be totally an
internal affair. The trials will cover everything from start
to finish, the DG said.

Referring to the Rs 366 crore budget provided to the
Doordarshan for the coverage of the Commonwealth Games, she
said that it is enough for the event and things will be done
as planned within it.

The Commonwealth Games will feature 17 sports, with
around 8,500 athletes and officials from 71 Commonwealth
Games Federation member countries expected to to take part in
the mega sporting event.



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