India shining as Commonwealth Games set for
Thursday, October 14, 2010 08:29:21 AM,
Sirshendu Panth, IANS
As the curtains come down on it Thursday, the 2010 Commonwealth
Games in Delhi will be remembered as much for India's ability to
pull off a world class mega event as about sporting glory -
They will leave behind a city with spanking new infrastructure
that played host to 6,700 competitors from 71 nations and
territories who were given top class security -- and glimpses of
the country's rich cultural heritage and hospitality.
The closing ceremony Thursday promises to be a spectacular and
youthful song and dance celebration, with a laser show as its
highlight, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which is where the
grand opening ceremony was held Oct 3.
Involving 7,000 performers, the theme of the closing function will
showcase martial arts and include segments like 'Tribute to the
Motherland' and 'Music of Universal Love'. The Rs.400 million ($9
million) aerostat - the world's largest helium balloon - that was
the star attraction at the opening ceremony - will again be put to
The Commonwealth Games - the second biggest multi-sports event
after the Olympics - will remain a milestone in India's
post-Independence history not only as a shining example of the
country's organisational might but also as a proof of its sporting
As international players fought for 829 medals in 17 disciplines
staged in 11 venues, even critics - who had earlier lambasted the
organisers for an unclean Games Village, delays and lack of
security - had to admit that it was one of the best Games ever.
Having finished the previous Games at Melbourne in the fourth
place after Australia, England and Canada, the hosts were engaged
in a see-saw battle with England for the second slot here.
Australia, however, showed their overwhelming superiority to
retain their position atop the leader board.
It was India's best showing at the Games as it surpassed its
previous highest gold tally of 30 at the Manchester Games eight
years ago and moved within a striking distance of the target of
100-plus medals set by the Organising Committee.
There was a windfall in athletics, where Indians earned an
unprecedented double gold, both coming from women, to end a
52-year old drought since 'Flying Sikh' Milkha Singh's top podium
finish at the 1958 Cardiff Games.
The shooters, as expected, rained gold medals from the ranges,
wrestlers excelled, archers hit bulls' eye and there were also
surprise medals from gymnastics, even though weightlifters and
tennis stars failed to live up to expectations.
On the flip side, three athletes - two from Nigeria and one from
India - flunked dope tests, three Ugandan officials sustained
injuries when a security device malfunctioned at the Games Village
and a rugby scoreboard came apart.
There were complaints about unclean water in the swimming pool -
which proved to be incorrect.
Apart from sporting contests, seven years of hard labour by
thousands of officials and workers paid off as the country got
spanking new venues, and put in place world class facilities like
the Main Press Centre and the International Broadcast Centre.
The infrastructure created, especially the expanded Metro, will be
a permanent blessing for Delhiites to overcome glitches of
traffic, and enjoy a better quality of life.
Initial complaints about the Games Village were quickly addressed,
and security was tight with athletes getting adequate protection.
There has been criticism about the huge money spent - with
estimates varying from Rs.300 billion to Rs.600 billion. But as
the Games draw to a close Thursday, they leave behind a beautiful
Delhi, with its magnificent flyovers, wide roads and beautifully
landscaped parks and boulevards.
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