In a cricket crazy nation as India, where every rich man is gladly pouring out all his heart and money to invest big time in the game, it was always somewhat difficult to throw open the nation gates to host a major world event like ‘Common Wealth Games’. And although, such huge events can give a tremendous boost to the nation’s tourism and can pull in the huge international brands to the national market, it is very critical to realize the efforts and sincerity needed to pull off such a major international event.
The Indian officials, however, have failed to realize not only the planning efforts but also the consequences that the nation can suffer in case of below average preparations. The yet unanswered vigorously growing questions about the improper grooming of the CWG, only goes on to highlight the already embarrassing preparation scenario. The carelessness and sheer irresponsible behaviour shown by the Indian CWG officials, is also boiling the blood of many locals awaiting the event.
The never-ending controversies that have come in open since the last month, has only brought serious disappointment to the national athletes, fans, and even the local people. And the scenario is only getting worse. The corruption scam opened the controversial curtain to CWG, which was later followed by the schedule problems, after which came the official anthem delay saga, and was followed by collapsed bridge and bad rooms. And many are still amazed at the paradox, of how excited our nation was to host such a major event and how under prepared we are.
The catastrophic CWG, has not only brought shame on India but also has killed any possibility of hosting such a huge non-cricket event in the near future.
But our shameless CWG officials have successfully pulled off one thing for sure, they have managed to turn the ‘CWG’ to ‘GCW’. From the ‘Common Wealth Games’ to ‘Games with Common man’s Wealth’.