Archive for October, 2010


CWG 2010 , New Delhi.

The CWG opening ceremony was widely appreciated.Yes. It represented all those things Indian. The whole melee was distinct and very very ‘us’. The medal tally……OMG…. Wow. 38 golds and a total of 101… Amazing it all sounds.

Now, England had more medals than India and came third only as they had one gold less than India. Their final medal tally stood at 143. And Australia were way ahead of us at 177.

Suresh Kalmadi. Almost as many corruption charges as the number of gold medals that our country has won.Squandered away some 500 crores of our money-taxpayers’ money. Or not. He just pocketed them safely and will hopefully have to produce them in whole in due course of time.
The sponsorships and advert rights were funnily enough not offered to the companies with the best offers but to some select groups with apparently no basis. Bias though, for sure.

The Common Wealth Games ’10 were handed to India in Nov 2003. Why then did the renovation of the main stadium, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium begun only in 2008 and completed 6 months behind schedule, just 2 months before the commencement of the games??

Sure, there was plenty to be proud of so far as our athletes winning so many many accolades goes. However, with the dusty swirls of corruption surrounding the whole affair, one cannot help but fell dissatisfied with the end results… superficially pleasing though they are.

Also, call me a killjoy,but I can’t help but remind you that many top players had pulled out of the games.
Also, the fact that the CWG Village in New Delhi was built near the Akshardham temple on the banks of the Yamuna where the riverbed was supposedly sensitive. The ecological negligence of the authorities appalls me amidst many other things. Sigh. Maybe, just maybe, I am expecting utopia out of a place most definitely not perfect.

At the same time, hats off to all our athletes, who did us proud, by at least nullifying or reducing the glaring attention on Kalmadi and India’s unpreparedness.

The one thing that doesn’t change is the fact that the CWG was a sport tournament and no matter what, for at least a fraction of a second, brought out that sportsmanship hidden in every single person. That and the “My Country” spirit. So that being said, I hope for a better, much improved presentation the next time that we get to host anything big….. ( say the Olympics 2020 for example… 🙂 in keeping with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s Dream 2020 )

Halla Bol! Aage Dol! Karta Jaa Goal Pe Goal!! 🙂

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