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.