Vuvuzela not welcome in India

2010-09-07 12:00

New Delhi - A senior Delhi Commonwealth Games organiser on Tuesday criticised a decision to allow plastic vuvuzela horns during the October event.

Executive board member Vijay Kumar Malhotra said the horns, the flat drone of which became soccer World Cup's soundtrack in South Africa this year, have no place in India.

"It may be a part of South African culture but it will not fit in here," Malhotra said in a statement, pointing out the horn has been banned from most European sports events.

"It will disturb our players and will be counter-productive," added Malhotra, a senior vice president of the Indian Olympic Association and also head of the national archery federation.

The noisy horns were banned from the Wimbledon tennis tournament and also from UEFA's major soccer competitions such as the Champions League, Europa League and Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Priced at a little less than $4, the vuvuzelas are part of the official merchandise products of the October 3-14 Games.

"We have our own way of drum-beating and other forms of entertainment in the stadiums. We don't need any foreign devise for our sporting festivals," Malhotra said.

Suresh Kumar, chairperson of the Games merchandising partner, had earlier said that he was expecting a good response for the horns.

"In India we enjoy sports with lot of noise. We are not like the Europeans," he said.

"The organising committee only needs to ensure that the fans are allowed to enter the stadiums with the vuvuzelas and it is not perceived as a security issue."


  • Jimmy Jump - 2010-09-07 12:29

    I want the whole world to repeat after me. VUVUZELA IS A SOUTH AFRICAN HORN USED IN SOCCER AND WE LOVE IT. NOT OUR CULTURE VUVUZELA IS A SOUTH AFRICAN HORN USED IN SOCCER AND WE LOVE IT. NOT OUR CULTURE VUVUZELA IS A SOUTH AFRICAN HORN USED IN SOCCER AND WE LOVE IT. NOT OUR CULTURE Repeat chorus till fade Anyone caught with it outside these bounders must be hanged fed to the spicy asss people.

  • Russel Wolson - 2010-09-07 12:48

    I suppose we should have expected this. Perhaps it should remain in the exclusive domain of soccer.

  • Vuvu - 2010-09-07 12:50

    I agree with u jimmy - wjo cares what outsider say or think? we dont need them

  • Tshepo - 2010-09-07 12:52

    Then India is not welcome in vuvuzela parties...finish and klaar!!!!

  • Juan - 2010-09-07 12:53

    A vuvuzela is a low iq announcer. Instead of shouting out "I have a low IQ" just blow a vuvuzela.. people from any languae will understand this.

  • Robert - 2010-09-07 13:05

    But you guys have to feel it.... You just don't know what you are missing, this awesome din.....

  • vuvu or no vuvu - 2010-09-07 13:07

    The track events could get intersting if the runners cannot hear the gun go off for them to start. I think if the noise from a Vuvu affects the ability to compete in a sport, then it should not be allowed.

  • Dieketseng - 2010-09-07 13:13

    Really who cares what India or any other country for that matter feel about the vuvuzela. We have never asked anyone to introduce the horn to their countries so why am i even seeing articles about countries that dont want them. They are proudly south african.

  • Proverb - 2010-09-07 13:19

    Empty vessels make the biggest noise, how true this is for the people who say its part of their culture.

  • O - 2010-09-07 13:23

    They can ban all they wan we don't care.... Reapeting after Jimmy"VUVUZELA IS A SOUTH AFRICAN HORN USED IN SOCCER WE LOVE IT. NOT OUR CULTURE"...Hopefully they'll get the messege

  • Proudly SA - 2010-09-07 14:28

    its a south african thing, we only introduced it to them we didnt force it on anyone, but just remember foreign nations, when u come to our country with yr sporting events (IPL) we might just ban a few of yr!!!

  • vuvu or no vuvu - 2010-09-07 16:29

    To Proudly SA, you can ban yourself

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