CWG 2010 -Does India deserve to host it

CWG 2010 - Does India deserve to host it

This is my second blog on Common Wealth Games. In my 1st blog, I discussed about the history of CWG, corruption related with organizing the games and the problems which society was facing.(Link - http://hubpages.com/hub/Common-Wealth-Games-CWG-and-INDIA ) These were the few things of which I had heard often here and there but never had any personal experience on any of the above mentioned issues. This is my second blog on CWG and in this one I will share my personal experience and the problems which I had to face when I went to witness one of the events of CWG. I have also clicked some pictures of the venue which I will be attaching with this blog.

The opening ceremony of CWG 2010 was in news everywhere. I came to know from others how glamorous the opening ceremony was and heard its praise everywhere and from everyone – even critics who were blaming government and CWG organizing committee were praising about the splendid opening ceremony. But what people forget is that opening ceremony came at an expense of $200 million, out of which $70 million was consumed alone by the hot air balloon.

Loaded with curiosity, which arise due to overwhelming response of opening ceremony, I came with an idea that I should too go and watch an event of CWG. I thought that 6th October would be perfect because it was my birthday on that day. Without giving any further thought, I booked an online ticket for the athletics event in JNU stadium which cost me Rs.250\-

Now coming to the problems which I had to face on 6th October. As there were only two collection centers for online tickets, I had to stand in queue for almost an hour and half to get my ticket. This part was ok. When I reached stadium, I was shocked to find that construction work was still going on (pics). As I walked further, I noticed that whole place was stinking, the smell coming from a big drain which was running parallel to one of the sides of JNU sports complex (pics). This drain was being used by mosquitoes and other insects for breeding. I read somewhere that Delhi Government had spent Rs.25 crores for planting new trees , but I guess they forgot the fact that the plants require care and maintenance too. So due to lack of maintenance and care, the plants turned from green to brown and most of them were dead (pics). Worst was yet to come. In my ticket, it was mentioned that I had to use gate no. 6 for entrance. So I started searching for gate no. 6 but couldn’t find it. There were no boards and direction maps, so I didn’t knew where to go. I asked several volunteers (7 or 8) about gate no.6, but no one knew about it. Then I went to information café but couldn’t find any person there (forgot to take pic). Afterwards, someone told me that gate no. 6 is not operational (maybe there was no gate 6) and I will have to use gate no. 9 !!!!!!! Outside gate no. 9, volunteers were announcing that no eatables were allowed inside. After checking in (which was allowed only once), I went for security check. Now after entering, I was told that no coins were allowed. So I dumped all the coins from my wallet into a basket. In my second security check, I was been told that no handsfree for phones and i-pods were allowed, which I wouldn’t have dumped at any cost. So I handed it to a policeman, took his number and told him that I will take it after the event gets over. Next security check again for the 3rd time. Now I was told that I will have to dump my bag (which contained helmet and gloves). This made me wild. I asked that why these things were not told before checking in so that I would have kept all these things somewhere else. The security policeman now shows me a list of 42 items which was not allowed inside. So I decided to leave stadium without witnessing any of the events (who will dump his loveable items to watch games knowing that he wouldn’t get his things back)

Filled with rage, walking towards parking area, an idea came into my mind and again I started walking towards the stadium. I started clicking some pictures which clearly shows how good the management and organizing committee CWG is. I was disappointed with whatever I had to face. After reaching home, I saw in a news that gold medal winner for India – Renu Bala had to make her way back to her place by hiring an auto. This is the condition of an athlete, who after winning gold medal for India is not getting proper respect which she deserves from CWG committee. So it will sound unfair if we expect common man’s need to be fulfilled by CWG organizing committee.

mysterious gate no.6
mysterious gate no.6
construction work going on (1)
construction work going on (1)
construction work going on(2)
construction work going on(2)
construction work going on(3)
construction work going on(3)
banners put to impress people
banners put to impress people
truth behind banners(1)
truth behind banners(1)
truth behind banners(2)
truth behind banners(2)
garbage thrown outside jnu soprts complex...
garbage thrown outside jnu soprts complex...
garbage outside main entrance- gate no. 9
garbage outside main entrance- gate no. 9
dead plants
dead plants
dead plants outside jnu sports complex
dead plants outside jnu sports complex
drain running parallel to jnu sports complex
drain running parallel to jnu sports complex

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richtwf 6 years ago

Certainly your hub highlights certain aspects of the way the Indian government has mis-organised this major international sporting event. It's had a sufficient number of years to plan and build a world class venue but instead of it being a marathon preparation planned meticulously, it has been a farcical last minute sprint of shoddy organisation to get the show up and ready. Doesn't set the right tone for a major international spectacle - does it?

Just looking at your photographs demonstrates the embarrassing way with which the government has woefully planned and organised for this event. A chance for India to shine on the world stage has been shamefully wasted and is extremely disappointing for the rest of the world to painfully observe this comedy of events that has been a prelude to these games.

We do hope that important lessons are learnt by the Indian Government and that other countries learn from India's embarrassing mistakes.

Thanks for sharing this hub Vishal.


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saket71 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Dear Sonam, more touching than your plight is the plight of Gold winning athlete who had to travel by auto. Unfortunately the problem is lack of professional approach and the way things are going, things will remain same. I do not think there will be any change, Kapil Dev is not a part of Haryana Cricket Association, Associations are being run by people like Sharad Pawar who has no time for food distribution, but there is no luck for change since both ruling and opposition parties are having fun time minting money through sports. Mary Kom, mother of two, and world gold winner in boxing is ridiculed by Boxing Association head, Chautala, when she complains of shoddy treatment, COach Satpal gets elbowed by Sports Minister, who refuses to recognize Pullela Gopichand as Saina;s coach, and on the other side of the spectrum, the way eighty four year old, youthful MP of BJP sticks to the position of Badminton association, there seems to be little hope. For completing the project no project manager is getting hired, but one set of incompetence is replaced by other, MP is replaced by minister, neither has experience and track record in project management. Positions are offered not on bigger capabilities but bigger mouths. Nice blog, let us spread disgust against systemic failure, things might change by the time you are old enough.


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vishal.rossi 6 years ago from Helsinki, Finland Author

for things to change, we need leaders like Che Guevara and the implementation Broken Window law which you told me once


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Silent Writer 6 years ago from Udaipur

OH MY GOD!!!

Why we Indians never understand the importance of our Global Image?

Your post was very surprising for me.

Thanks for sharing your experience and showing everyone how everything mismanaged.


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SANDYSUDAN11 6 years ago

we Indians are only good at singing" MERA BHARAT MAHAN" but unfortunately we never do something like this. We are known everywhere for being most corrupt nation and the way CWG were organised we PROVED this.I request all Indians to change there attitude and start thinking about nation first and than about their vested intrest.


vivek 6 years ago

the system should be changed. And one more question. Do we complete our jobs/ tasks before the time? No we always wait for 11th hr, becoz we are Indians. ENJOY !!


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 6 years ago from India.

Mr.Vishal, you differ in many facts about our India's pride. First, is it fair to exhibit photos of unfinished sites? These photos were taken one month prior to beginning of the games. Even before that the place was worse. Due to rains and floods, the work was hampered. People like you go after cheap publicity by degrading yourself and your country.

If Che Guera comes to India, he need not be chased and killed by US sepoys.... our own people will deal with him properly. No place for Che Guaras in a land of Maharajas and entertainment seekers. Everyone fights for price rise. But who cares if a cigaret is sold for 3 Rupees and a wine bottle for more than 100? Who cares for cinema tickets sold in black for more than 1000? If Che guera comes, we will have to see him standing in a queue for cine-tickets or in front of wine shops. First set right those things, then educate the people what is wrong and what is right. Then invite Che Guera.


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 6 years ago from India.

While the smallest nation in this globe are proud of their countries, a nation with over a billion people are so ignorant and selfish to get cheap publicity by faulting their own country.

Ours is a country in which the great Mahatma Gandhi was born. Have you seen anyone equal to him in other countries? Have you seen anyone like our ex-Presidents, Dr.S.Radhakrishnan, VV.Giri, KR.Narayanan, and APJ Abdul Kalam?

Dr.S.Radhakrishnan was famous for his philosophy. VV.Giri was a trade Unionist and struggled for the workers' rights in the UK and Ireland. KR Narayanan is famous for casting his vote by personally going to the polling station and standing in a queue. Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam went in a bicycle from Pokran village to a place 3 Kms away and exploded the nuclear bomb in 1999.... just to evade radar reconnaissance. Have you seen such simple leaders anywhere in the world? With a rich cultural heritage and civilization and a bunch of famous leaders, we should be ashamed to highlight Che Guera as a leader. None of our leaders have gone to a third country, fought against a fourth country and died while the enemy troops hunted him down. Let us first become culturally conscious people. Then India will be one step above the super-power.

If India can govern more than a billion people, we can host not only commonwealth but also olympic games. If India does not deserve to host the CWG, no other country deserves it.


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 6 years ago from India.

The 19th Commonwealth Games, which started on 3-10-2010, has finally ended today, 14-10-2010. The opening and closing ceremonies were spectacular, equal to the best the world has seen so far. It can be compared to the coronation of the English monarch and India's independence day celebrations on 15-8-1947. Even Mr.Fennel, who started the mudslinging, with the hope of transferring the games to his country, has atlast hailed it as memorable.

Those who has sought cheap publicity by asking "does India deserve to host?" does not deserve the honour of being a proud Indian.


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vishal.rossi 6 years ago from Helsinki, Finland Author

sorry people......i was out so couldnt approve the comments and reply for a long time


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vishal.rossi 6 years ago from Helsinki, Finland Author

dear Mr. Venugopal Sivgana

i will answer your questions from starting to end from your comments....

1- i took these photos myself on 6th october when i went to visit one of the events....i dont understand why are you saying that i took these pics one month prior to starting of the games.........so please read the hub carefully before posting any comments....after seeing your comments, i have a feeling that you are just a superficial reader

2- i cant understand what do you want to tell when you write about "cheap publicity".....i am not earning billions by writing hubs here.....i am just writing the truth which "you" are not able to digest

3- regarding Gandhi and other leaders, i never mentioned their names here...i was talking about corruption involved with CWG....and for your information, great leaders were born in other countries to....few of them are martin luther king, nelson mandela, muhammad yunus......so please brush up your knowledge about leaders of other countries too

4- None of our leaders had guts like CHE GUEVARA to go to a 3rd country and fight against 4th country bcaz our leaders wanted name and fame too...

5- how can u say that if india doesnt deserve to host host CWG, no other nation can host it...

India least deserves to host such huge events...so much much corruption, players not getting the respect they deserve, not being called to have tea with PM and other issues............

If you are such a patriot of India, then have you done anything good for poor and needy people. Ask yourself. I would suggest you not to be a blind patriot of the nation.


sweta 6 years ago

awesome


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saket71 6 years ago from Delhi, India

Hi Sonam, I agree with a lot that you have written, and I do agree with what you responded to Mr. Sivgna's comments, which I too have been getting regularly every now and then whenever there is any bit anti-UPA tone in my blog. Since most of his comments are not based in reason, you can not reason with him much, in his first comment to my blog he started with, let us not blame people in government, because they are more intelligent than us (I still do not understand, why clauses were sneaked in Nuclear liability bill by government to favor the suppliers, and how it was corrected by less intelligent group of young legal experts), as if he has run some IQ tests for those sitting in the parliament, or by the virtue of their aptitude in corruption he decides that. But I have concern with the finalistic manner in which you have made in point 4 of your response, which is quite teenager-like, full of feeling but lacking substance (similar to Mr. Sivagna's comment). Do read about Bhagat Singh and leaders like him, who were not for glory, running around to fight somebody's and anybody's war and died at the age of twenty three after writing profound matter on philosophy and justice and politics, at the age when today's informed generation is feels Freedom is only a bike from Hero Honda, on which the happiness of their entire life hangs. I share your disgust but it stems from love of the country not from the hatred of it. Asking your country to provide reasons for loving it is like asking your mother to be beautiful/ artistic/ sophesticated to deserve your love. They both (mother and motherland) deserve love simply because we have a capacity to think and even dislike them because of what they made us. So we love them even in anger.


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 6 years ago from India.

Mr.Sachet's comments are somewhat good.

No one need measure my patriotism and integrity. I have enjoyed a life full of happiness, sometimes poverty also in the early 1950s, and have enough knowledge and reason for my comments. Starting from 1948, I have heard about the heroism of Indians in every war... We became one and won the wars. During a war, patriotic fervour would burn like a flame and many wont go to sleep without hearing the war news. I experienced them in 1962, 1965, 1971 and 1999 (Kargil) wars and cannot forget them even in my sleep.

First, did any Indian accuse the games authorities of erratic preparations? It was New Zealand and Australia, who bid for the games. They hurried one or two months prior to the opening of the games and took filthy photos of drainages, and other incomplete things. Did they allow Indians to inspect their preparations for any of the games in advance... It is because there are people here itself to hail them and accuse ourselves.

As Mr.Vishal is fond of foreign leaders, he is fit to live in foreign countries only. Which leader wanted publicity in India? Gandhi? Nehru? Dr.S.Radhakrishnan? Ambedkar? KR Narain? APJ Abdul Kalam? Are they less than the failed Cheguera? Have you read about his full story? The same people to whom he preached showed him to the American sepoys.

I have to ask Mr.Vishal rossy why he chose to publish these photos and say they were taken in October? In our own body there are beautiful to filthy spots... but we show our face and arms only to others. His action is like showing his something else. He has to learn more.

But I accept there are corruption and bribe and negligence and arrogance everywhere... there should be an immediate answer to all these. Those who are corrupt, arrogant and negligent should be treated as anti nationals. Then such self accusing comments will not dare to come out.

Unless we have some love for our father-land, our country can not succeed in anything anywhere.


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vishal.rossi 6 years ago from Helsinki, Finland Author

now,when the games are over, whole system is under scan.....you must be knowing about it...its in news everyday and everywhere

i didnt said that our leaders were less than Che...it was you who started writing rubbish things about him......our great revolutionary leader Chandrashekhar Azad was too shown to british by his best friend....or gandhi was assassinated by an indian......

i published this blog and pics just to show the truth and nothing else


ankit chhabra 6 years ago

m with you vishal @ let me tell this time corruption but is india ready to host next cwg.


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ArvinD_ 5 years ago from a small planet where life exist called Earth

Damn i miss'd this fight....

adios bro...


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vishal.rossi 5 years ago from Helsinki, Finland Author

ya.....it was long time ago....but still you can share your thoughts


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ArvinD_ 5 years ago from a small planet where life exist called Earth

However Bosses.., Eum nt a gr8 expert out of this..

but I heard someone said that "No country is perfect, it has to be made perfect"

To make India perfect, we must not dwell in past like India had any gr8 him or her..

we must concentrate on

What we have now and wht we hv 2 do to strikeout any mistakes that preventing us to become perfect....

And I Believe Vishal Bro is doing that..

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Once again adios Bro...


shamika 5 years ago

awesome stuff..!!


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VENUGOPAL SIVAGNA 5 years ago from India.

I respect the sentiments of Vishal... He wants India corruption free... I also dream of a corruption free India. In an international event, in a land ravaged by rain and floods just till a week before, things cant be expected to be perfect. Whatever it may be, we should never join hands with foreign accusers in blaming our own India.

For any leader who has succeeded, there will be no detractors. But leaders like Che and Azad would not have convinced their own followers. So they ended their own fate. In our own country, Mr.Rajaji, the first governor general who entered Rashtrapathi Bhavan after Mountbaten, could not convince his people and had to leave in disgrace in 1954 from Chief Ministership of Madras Presidency. His successor, Mr.K.Kamaraj could convince even the people at the bottom of poverty about his policies. We should take the examples of successful politicians only. Mr.Che will never fit the place of leaders.

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