Belfast Telegraph

Monday 15 September 2014

Games scoreboard collapses

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No-one was injured when a scoreboard crashed to the ground at the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens venue on Thursday afternoon in the latest incident to mar the Delhi event.

Rugby sevens competition manager Kevin Culliver said it was lucky the incident "happened when no spectators were around" at the Delhi University complex, which will host the event on Monday and Tuesday.

A chain support apparently gave way at one corner of the massive temporary scoreboard, sending the left-hand side pivoting downward, smashing the bottom left of the screen into the ground and the bottom right into the iron support frame.

It was raised into position two days previously and Swiss Timing technicians, who will be using the scoreboard for information and results, had just managed to get it interfaced.

One technician, who declined to be named, said he had made a phone call to get people to come and look at the damage and see what could be done ahead of the opening of the 16-nation, two-day competition.

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