Since I am used to blogging on sport related topics, I thought this was something all we sport lovers of this country need to address.
Many of us must have witnessed/seen/heard of the rousing success of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Sydney. It was hosted with the highest degree of professionalism and to perfection. Minor glitches are a part of every event but this event was spotless. When it was announced that New Delhi would host the games in 2010, I was filled with a sense of pride, just like my fellow countrymen that an event of such magnitude was coming to our country,and it would be the perfect platform to showcase our culture,talent and an excuse to build our existing and pathetic sports infrastructure. The Govt took all the accolades and lauded the Indian Olympic Association for rightfully securing the hosting rights, a compliment which Suresh Kalmadi took with a lot of honour. He promised to the entire nation that day,that the event in Delhi in 2010 would be the best ever. 3 years down the line,one gets the doubt if the event will be held in India at all?
What bigger disgrace can we as citizens of India face? The Commonwealth Games in Delhi being awarded to some other country just because our infrastructure is shoddy? There is no bigger humiliation for us as a nation if we fail to host the event and match it upto international standards,like the way it was done in Sydney,if not better it. The promise made in 2006 seems to be fading by the minute. Mr Kalmadi has the audosity to still say that all the projects are on track,while its so clearly visible that not even half of the construction work on any of the stadiums is complete. The metro rail work has hit a roadblock thanks to some finest bit of civil engineering marvel undertaken by the DMRC. Is it safe to say that they could learn a thing or too from the Hindusthan Construction Company which recently inaugrated the Bandra Worli Sea Link?
The Indian Govt has not even acknowledged the fact that the CG Games will be a pride to the nation. They are blindly trusting Mr Kalmadi's words, and he is doing nothing,but just hoodwinking the public into believing some serious work is going on!
Its for all of us to see the standards we have stooped down to. When the IPL was moved out of India, the General Elections was given as the reason why they could not provide security to the star studded league. Now what excuse will they make? That the CG Games be moved to some other country on the lines of infrastructure? Some of the projects have hit a roadblock and time is running out. With less than 9 months to go for the event to kick off, its safe to assume that it is going to be a big heart break, a rude shock and a slap on our faces. We as citizens of India will be deprived of an event,that will put us on the world map,when it comes to olympic sports!!
Even as we speak,there is news that the Govt is yet to clear funds for the road work adjacent to the stadium!! What a shame!!!