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Games may struggle to take off without stars

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James Pearce | 10:21 UK time, Thursday, 30 September 2010

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I've been lucky enough to cover many of the world's biggest sporting events since I started working for the BBC, but so far these Delhi Games have been different from anything that I've come across before.

Never before have I reported on a competition with so little focus on the actual sport during the build-up. All the talk so far has been dominated by security and the race against time to get everything ready.

The reality, though, is that there's only one reason why thousands of athletes and officials are here - to take part in a major sporting event.

I'm sure that the organisers of these Commonwealth Games are hoping that on Monday 4 October, when the competition gets under way, the negative publicity will subside. They'll be hoping for some captivating sporting drama to grab our attention and shift the focus away from any other issues that might remain.

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