The happiness complimented with surprise on my face to see the medals tally of Commonwealth Games 2010 makes me feel that we as a country have proved our mettle to the world. It’s a moment of pride and happiness for all Indians and also an opportunity to think and capitalize on our strengths. After all the hullabaloo of arrangements in the initial stages, India shines again. The media showcases India as a champion and yes we have topped the tally just second to Australia. And Yes, India has doubled the number of medals than the previous Commonwealth Games at Australia.
As the number one test cricket team India trashes Australia in Cricket, it’s a moment of double happiness for Indians and we are indeed shining more than ever. One question that comes to my mind and media raises is “Are we capable to host Olympics in the country?” The answer to this is still to be brainstormed but our hospitality proves our mettle to host big events. Our success in Commonwealth Games gives us important clues to further hone skills of all our talented sportsperson so that we as a country bring more medals in Olympics.
I believe India should work towards capitalizing on its current performance and establish a stringent training system which would help our athletes to set a winning series at Olympics.
Commonwealth Games proudly known as CWG all around the world very recently has seen so many new acronyms being assigned to it. Blame it on Indian politicos who proved that their interest in Sport is only to the level of constructing stadiums and they least care for their maintenance and quality. Last two months can be counted as months of defame for Indian Sports as politicians play their own blame game. The entire environment seems to be engulfed in media glare from India and around the world. Top honchos in Indian politics never seemed to be bothered to take care of drifting situation which has brought us in such a deplorable state where India’s ability to hold an International Sporting Event is questioned.
I would say we should blame the media for creating too much ruckus but other moment I am reminded that if media would not have brought the anomalies in preparation work, imagine what would have happened to this gaming event. Our slogan “Athithi Devo Bhava” seems to have taken a back seat now with our guests being subjected to untimely arrangements at Airport and Games village. Our hopes as Indians are dashed when I see the arrangement as mentioned in media. We hope high of hosting Olympics but have not been able to prove our mettle in hosting a gaming event which is not as big as Olympics.
Despite all odds against us, I believe now is the time to prove ourselves, and show the world that India is united and committed to the success of CWG. Let us get together to save the interest of the game and India.