With exactly 84 days to go, the preparations for the XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi are just about over. The infrastructure meant for the Games is ready – airport, metro, flyovers and many new buildings and roads. The Games will start on October 3.

The Games Village, near the Noida Intersection, can house about 8,000 participants and officials. All the necessary arrangements have been made. In fact, some touring officials have remarked that Delhi is one of the best Games venues. It also has fitness centres and various tracks for the track and field events and swimming pools, too.

In about a month, when the Monsoon’s lashes have reduced, Delhi will see an influx of tourists. And the city is all eager to receive them, too. Various tours, packages, sight-seeing trips and others are on offer by both government and private parties. The two nearby cities of importance – Agra and Jaipur – will have a huge number visiting them as well.

The mascot of the Games is Shera. According to the official website of the Games, he truly represents the modern Indian. He is an achiever with a positive attitude, a global citizen but justifiably proud of his nation’s ancient heritage, a fierce competitor but with integrity and honesty. Shera is also a ‘large-hearted gentleman’ who loves making friends and enthusing people to ‘come out and play’.