Can the Commonwealth brand be salvaged?
Commonwealth 2010 has damaged the Games "brand". The damage wasn't solely inflicted by India and its inability to finish projects in time, nor by corrupt politicians - my you surprise me - no, the brand has been damaged by athletes who were scared to come here or didn't think it was important enough and, as I said in the last blog, the "civilised" West's toffee-nosed look down at the Indian way.
Everyone was assured that if the village wasn't ready then top hotels would be paid for.
As we are hosting the next games in Glasgow there is extra pressure on we Scots to make out that the Games remain every bit as important as before, but key athletes told us that, actually, they don't think that's the case.
Therefore they can't be. Some top athletes have snubbed India and the Commonwealth concept.
The huge job now is to rebuild this brand for Glasgow 2014. It is, to some extent, up to my little country to persuade the greats of the world stage that the event is something you have to attend.
Scottish flag-bearer Ross Edgar leads the team at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony
I am 52-years-old now and way past the halfway point in my life. The result is that I get emotional at these things because I know that the people around me will see more of them than I will now, and so I concentrate and remember what I am watching and how I feel.
In 1995, I burst into tears when the jumbo jet went overhead and Nelson Mandela walked out, right in front of me, wearing a Springbok jersey at the rugby World Cup final in Johannesburg. It was the rebirth of South Africa, and Johannesburg was the murder capital of the world.
Did the rugby players call off? No.
Johannesburg is still the murder capital of the world, tourists get robbed all the time, but did football teams snub the football World Cup there this summer? No.
The opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Shanghai three years ago was stunning. They built a Great Wall made of humans and then even more humans climbed it.
People miss the point of opening ceremonies. They appear to be a waste of money.
But I always read the same, almost naïve but central message, in everyone one of them, which is: "Please come to our country, please accept us, we want to be your friends."
That's what we Scots will say too.
Governments can be truly terrible, but most people are, actually, fantastic.
Opening ceremonies feel like the most un-cool kid in class asking to be accepted. They lay bare their soul.
And in this case India, and the Commonwealth Games, were rejected by some who thought that neither was cool enough.
In my head it started with Chris Hoy calling off, and Usain Bolt, Phillips Idowu and Asafa Powell, and swimmer Stephanie Rice. It's a long list.
Bolt's agent was quoted as saying it wasn't "on his schedule" - which means he didn't think it was important enough.
And that was damaging. I looked at the Jamaican team walking past without Bolt and thought - they haven't brought their best team. Neither have England or, for that matter, Scotland.
I don't quite understand those who accept public money to train and then choose not to come, and well done to those who are here.
Scotland has a job to win medals, and, despite every public utterance I read or hear, the added task of re-burnishing a brand in the process.
Please tell me I'm wrong...