Friday, October 15, 2010

India’s CWG feather

India’s CWG feather

One thing that has emerged clearly at the end of the XIX Commonwealth Games, which concluded in New Delhi on Thursday, is that a determined administration can turn around a horribly organised and shoddily-stitched up event and make a huge success of it within the span of a few weeks.

For India, which is emerging as a significant global economic power, CWG 2010 was also a coming-out party of sorts for its sporting talent; the country won a record 101 medals, with its 38 gold medals ensuring it a second-place ranking in the overall tally, next only to Australia.

Should India now consider bidding for the 2020 Olympics? Many critics of CWG 2010, including the former sports minister and Congress leader, Mani Shankar Iyer, have lashed out at the government for ‘wasting’ billions of rupees on such extravaganzas, especially when millions of Indians still struggle for a living.

The hosting of international sports events is always a difficult decision to make for governments around the world with critics questioning such moves. As the Indian economy expands rapidly, it is inevitable that its ambitions also soar. It is inevitable that India makes a bid for the Olympics, if not 2020 then the one that follows four years later.

India must bid for staging the Olympics in the future - Prathap G., Sharjah.

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