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Vuvuzelas welcome at Commonwealth Games

This is just what the troubled Commonwealth Games needs: vuvuzelas.

The plastic buzzing horns that made the World Cup so entertaining (if you like tinnitis) are on sale in New Delhi, where the Commonwealth Games begin Sunday. They were banned by FIBA at the World Championships, by Wimbledon, from European soccer competition and by several Premier League teams, but Commonwealth officials are unfazed.

"With the growing popularity of vuvuzelas, they will be produced in large numbers," the organizing committee said on its website. However, with only 200,000 of the 1.7 million tickets available for the games sold, the vuvuzelaists may be playing solos.

(In other Commonwealth news, there's a simian security force now.)

In addition to lagging ticket sales, the games have made headlines for infrastructure problems and sanitation issues at venues, an outbreak of dengue fever and security problems. They've been met by indifference from top athletes. Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is skipping the competition.

By Cindy Boren  | September 29, 2010; 7:45 AM ET
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