Saturday, February 28, 2009

Commonwealth meet postponed after construction delays

Construction delays for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi have caused the Commonwealth boxing championships to be put back until early next year, the Indian Boxing Federation (IABF) said on Thursday.

The event was originally scheduled to be held in December this year, but the IABF requested a postponement as the venue might not be ready in time.

"The Commonwealth boxing federation has agreed to our request to postpone the Commonwealth boxing championships," IABF secretary general P.K. Muralidharan Raja said in a statement.

"The IABF has now requested the International Boxing Association to allot a suitable date in February-March 2010."

Commonwealth Games organizers are under pressure because of delays in several projects for the games, which are scheduled to take place from Oct. 3-14 next year.
Construction delays also forced this year's world badminton championships to be moved to the southern city of Hyderabad.