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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Commonwealth Games,2010-Choked In Sands Of Time

"Wake Up Sid!!!", Well, this movie is aptly dedicated to the current condition of India's organising committee of Commonwealth Games(CWG), 2010 to be held in New Delhi. Instead of Ranbir Kapoor, Suresh Kalmadi(chairman, organising committee) should have played the lead role in the movie, courtesy to his and his team's inherent quality of finishing every job at the pace of a snail. And now India is in deep trouble with its dignity at stake on world stage.

It was on 14th Nov.,2003 that India won the bid to host CWG in 2010. Its almost the end of 2009 and preparations are still in infant stages. We are about to host this mega event in October 2010(less than 365 days) and things are looking hopeless. Let's face it, India is not ready yet!!!
Things are becoming more murkier with war of words going on between Suresh Kalmadi and CWG CEO Mike Hooper. This filthy political touch is making things more messy.

The question is that, why even after getting ample amount of time, the organising committee is beating round the bush and far away from being prepared? Well, there are many reasons. The first and most important being the "Kam Chalau"(to somehow manage) tendency of ours. The committee members simply kept on increasing the dead lines till the CWG eventually knocked at the doors.

Also, in other countries, the govt. encourages schools, civilians, reporters and everyone else to participate in the preparations. This leads to development of sense that they are all integral part of the mega event and everyone becomes enthusiastic and work gets distributed. In our case, 60% Indians don't even have a clue that India is going to host CWG next year. It looks as if this is a personal event of the Indian Govt. Recently, when news reporters tried to give its viewers an inside view of the preparations, they were strictly prohibited from entering and denied any information. Why such negligence?

Another reason which looks fatal to the event is the basic problem faced by Delhi- Traffic. Things could have improved if heed was paid to this menace right from 2003, but now its too late. As an example when recently the Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennel came for inspecting the preparations, the roads were made clear for a smooth drive. But free passage for the Delegates meant a large part of Delhi came to a halt for 10 hours. Same problems will be faced during the event in 2010 also.

However the most shameful fact is that Glasgow(Scotland) is going to host CWG in 2014 and proudly touts that 75% of its preparation is over and they are far better prepared than India. It's shameful because we possess greater man-power, higher resources but still we are lagging behind. It's high time that India should unite and present a memorable, amazing gaming event on the world stage. Anymore delay will be really fatal for the pride and status of India. Wake Up!!!


  1. Have time to give your views on the issue!!! please comment, your feedback matters a lot!!!

  2. the gap between the organisors and the common is increasing, leading to this situation. the organisors are to proud to accept facts, and the commons reluctantly refusing to believe!

  3. Its just another example of the wayward management on behalf of our Govt.They r busy munching "political treats" and filling their tummies than doing some REAL work.And I dont think that they r even aware of the "pride of nation" thing...
    For them Commonwealth Games is comparable to...well...probably gully cricket...and where's the National-Pride in that huh?
    Just let the time come and when these hypocrites r banged hard by the commonwealth authorities; they will surely WAKE UP!!!!(Well I Hope SO)

  4. it was a grim but true depiction of the preparation for the CWG 2010. But still our govt. is paying much attention to it and letting the time take its own path. But this attitude cannot be sustained if even a decent CWG game is to be expected.
    So WAKE UP!!! Shiela Dixit.

  5. I agree that the situation is grim but there is a cultural aspect to it - we luv doing work at the last moment. I am keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that we will have successful. 1984 Asian Games in Delhi was also marred by similar delays but we ended up having a great games.

    I wud not read too much into Glasgow saying that 75% of its preparations are complete. Sport is an integral part of Glasgow’s culture, reflected in the city’s designation as a UK National City of Sport 1996-99 and its reign as European Capital of Sport in 2003. A lot of the infrastructure is already there.

    Moreover, many of the sports which are played in Olympics or Commonwealth are not played in India. Rugby is one such example. So we dont have any infrastructure for that. It is unfair to compare the two cities. But there is no doubt, IOA needs to Wake up.

    Can u tell me, how did u put different reactions - funny, interesting, cool options in ur blog.

  6. thanks for ur cmnt sandy!!! well that cool,interesting button can be obtaiened by adding gadget from the layout page. The gadget is present there!!!

  7. well its already over commented i guess but then just one thing i wanna say dude u have done a great job the article really wakes up things in you but i think charity begins at home right? so i think the best wake up will be when each and every individual stops blaming others and themselves wake right i think that day no one can stop india from waking up the rest of the world

  8. Well I think Indian Govt. really needs to wake up and work quickly otherwise in no time the whole world will be making mockery of INDIA

  9. Hehe, very nice post. And after all this, can we honestly expect India to host the Olympics ever? This is one thing we can learn from China- Management. If everyone keeps blaming each other, all we end up with is chaos.

  10. Yes its a wake up sid! situation for the organisers of CWG 2010 . Truly,they are not prepared to organise the whole thing and the pride of India is in stake.