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James Pearce | 06:48 UK time, Thursday, 14 October 2010

It is easy to forget as these Games draw to a close that they came fairly close to never happening at all.

Even Suresh Kalmadi, the chairman of the Delhi organising committee, admitted to me earlier this week that, at the height of all the problems with the athletes' village, he had feared that some teams would withdraw.

So, it's been quite an adventure over the past month for all of us involved in this project - organisers, team officials, competitors and media.

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It's always difficult to know how to measure the success of any event like this. For example is it really fair to compare Delhi with Melbourne, the host city in 2006? Australia has such vast experience in putting on major events, whereas these are India's first multi-sport event since the 1982 Asian Games.

Perhaps a more reasonable question is: Did Delhi manage to do more than the rest of the world predicted?

In the fortnight before the Games began, the athletes' village was described as uninhabitable, a footbridge had collapsed, hardly any tickets had been sold and, above all, there were major concerns about security.

Even a year before, those same fears existed about security, and the building of competition venues was so far behind schedule that even some experts genuinely believed that they would never be ready on time.

Whichever way you look at it, expectations were low. People acknowledged that, as Mr Kulmadi said when I spoke to him, "A Third World Games would present unique challenges."

Now let's look at what actually happened.

Security was by far the most serious concern and I don't think that anybody who has been in Delhi would feel any more could have been done.

Wherever you look around this city there are people in uniforms carrying guns. You can't go anywhere of note without passing through airport-style scanners. More than 100,000 security personnel have been deployed. It's been impressive, and so far very successful.

What about the athletes' village? It was a massive embarrassment for the organisers that some competitors had to delay their arrival in Delhi but all the athletes that I spoke to praised it.

Maybe that has something to do with low expectations, but some veterans of past Games described it as the best that they had seen.

That brings me on to the footbridge and worries about safety around the venues. The collapse of part of a ceiling at the weightlifting arena had also raised concerns.

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Swimmer Rebecca Adlington hails Delhi and the Commonwealth Games

Since the Games began, there have been no problems, or at least no injuries anyway. Yes, a scoreboard collapsed at the rugby sevens ground, but that was days before the competition started there.

Most of the venues have actually been very impressive, and, again, the feedback from athletes has been positive.

Finally, to tickets: never before have I seen such a change in atmosphere as a Games has progressed. The first few days were terrible - at times hardly a spectator in sight. But the past few days have been remarkable.

From boxing to hockey to athletics to table tennis, the venues have been packed out. If the reason for taking the Commonwealth Games to Delhi was to encourage the people of India to support new sports, then without any doubt at all these Games have been a resounding success.

I was in the main stadium with Lord Coe on Tuesday night when the Indian women's team won the 4x400 metres relay - the first track gold for India at a Commonwealth Games since 1958.

There wasn't a spare seat in the house, and the noise was deafening. Lord Coe described it to me as "potentially the moment that could change the course of athletics in Asia, the moment that could inspire thousands of people who'd never even seen an athletics track before to get involved".

That was a bold statement, but it illustrated the importance of the bigger picture. As Lord Coe said: "To build a truly global capacity in sport, you have to take it round the world - out of your own backyard. That means taking risks and facing challenges, but it has to be done."

I really do believe that Delhi has exceeded most expectations. Of course there have been problems. I said in a TV report that maybe the slogan for these Games should have been 'Better Late than Never'.

The end result, though, was well worth waiting for. Just to look at the excited faces in the crowds, to see the sense of pride in Indian success, made everything seem so worthwhile.

There's no doubt that Delhi has many lessons to learn from the Commonwealth Games experience, but isn't that part of the point of giving the Games to a city like Delhi?

Personally, I've really enjoyed my time in Delhi. It's my first visit here and it's been far better than I had expected. Maybe I, like some of the athletes who decided to stay away, had been too quick to believe some of the scare stories.


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  • 1. At 08:12am on 14 Oct 2010, nostaligiac wrote:

    Thank you very much... at last something positive from BBC...

    Hail India

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  • 2. At 08:14am on 14 Oct 2010, Kaushik wrote:

    A good article, Jim. A very good summary and one that I completely agree with.
    I am currently working in New Delhi and honestly, was bit comprehensive of coming from Bangalore, India due to various reasons. But I can happily say that these past 2-3 weeks have been a blur and am going to miss the fun and the frolic. Well done, Delhi and you were beautiful!

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  • 3. At 08:14am on 14 Oct 2010, topdawg wrote:

    I agree with the blog. The expectations were very low and the end result managed to meat those expectations and surpass them.

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  • 4. At 08:15am on 14 Oct 2010, topdawg wrote:

    oops, I meant meet not meat (before some nationalist has a go at me)

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  • 5. At 08:18am on 14 Oct 2010, NZ_bloke wrote:

    I am in New Zealand for the past 14 years, but originally from India. Last December I had been to Delhi briefly, and found the security check at every Metro station really tiresome. (By comparison some local New Zealand air travel has no check at all). I can imagine the trouble for the athletes and the spectators now during these games. Conducting Commonwealth games was a huge challenge for India. As reported there were teething troubles leading to the games, but every one can give out a sigh of relief, when the athletes reach their respective countries soon. Outcome - I was surprised to see Indian men and women compete in uncommon events and getting Gold medals. Even third position in the medal table is a very decent effort for Indian athletes. For number of years Hockey was the national sport (in 2 states Football was The sport), which later got completely smothered by craze for Cricket. I am hoping Indians do realize that there is a huge sporting world outside the boundary lines of cricket ground, and embrace it with both arms. There might have been some advantage for the home country in this games, but the real test would be to see Indians compete in Olympics and in the next Commonwealth games.

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  • 6. At 08:21am on 14 Oct 2010, JLT wrote:

    Thanks very much James and BBC for this article. It feels great to see that finally there is some praise for India's HUGE efforts in making these games successfull. I can bet the closing ceremony of the games will rock too.

    And as an Indian, I welcome you to visit my country country again in future... :-)

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  • 7. At 08:25am on 14 Oct 2010, rakesh wrote:

    Thanks James Pearce ,
    You have reflected the story of CWG 2010 in a very justifiable way. Now we can hope you (i mean BBC) will take India as a potential contender for hosting future Olympic games too. Also remember it whenever you people cover something big in this country never reach to conclusion too soon. One should not forget that we are a largest democracy in the world with billion people around, its not easy to get things done with just a click here. It takes its own course of time but surely things will get finished in a style. India has arrived, you love it or hate it but you can't ignore it.

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  • 8. At 08:29am on 14 Oct 2010, kajal Gupta wrote:

    Very good factual observations. It is unbiased and sincere. Ofcourse, the village was not ready in time and that was a shame. The Indian CWG committee should have at least 1) acknowledged the delay and 2) offer first class accommodation in hotels till the suites are ready.
    The English are our long lost, almost forgotten 'cousins', believe it or not, and I am sure the common public are only well wishers. The BBC on the other hand , unlike say CNN or so, was a bit hasty in drawing up conclusions. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay.
    K. Gupta, California.

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  • 9. At 08:33am on 14 Oct 2010, merabharatmahan wrote:

    Thanks very much.
    there were some glitches in the prepration for these games..but as you said india was hosting a big event after 22 takes a lot to do an event like that... but i am sure india will have learn from this...
    congratulations to team india..

    jai hind.

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  • 10. At 08:34am on 14 Oct 2010, sklondon wrote:

    Hey James,
    I have been following BBC from quite a while but have n't seen anything positive written on about India.

    But you have written a remarkable article here.Thanks for the praise. Delhi CWG 2010 has really made India proud.

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  • 11. At 08:36am on 14 Oct 2010, raghuram wrote:

    Thank you James. I really hope next time you visit India you will come here with an open mind and am sure you will get to see some of the good side of this country and realize that it is not that bad as it is being projected in the west. India is a young country and we have a long way to go. CWG 2010 has been a learning process for the Indians and hoping desperately to see less politicians and more professionals in the sports organizations. The biggest lesson learnt from this experience is that it is time we get rid of corruption from this country, which seems to have become the mother of all evils.

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  • 12. At 08:42am on 14 Oct 2010, Stern des Suedens wrote:

    J. K. Galbraith (great economist) once said "India is a functioning anarchy"

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  • 13. At 08:43am on 14 Oct 2010, kingMangoLove wrote:

    Yes, i hope we learn, our government learns. Long way to reach our true potential as a nation.

    Though, at the end, they put up better show than even what most of us had expected.

    Nice one Mr. Pearce.

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  • 14. At 08:53am on 14 Oct 2010, billion_plus wrote:

    Tremendous delivery by India when and where it mattered.

    All eyes now on London 2012!!

    After all the nitpickings by the BBC journos, lets hope 2012 delivers at least half of what's expected! - though I doubt we will see the vibrancy, spontaneity, class and atmosphere to match what Delhi produced.

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  • 15. At 08:56am on 14 Oct 2010, Bibi wrote:

    It's perfectly understandable that the Indian people initially showed huge reluctance in attending these sporting events, in light of the worldwide avid and often racist condemnation sbout their efforts in getting the Commonwealth Games facilities ready, and about their country in general. Here in the UK, the newspapers have delighted in stirring the racist pot - and the attititudes of a minority of athletes (and British officials) have been deplorable and they should not be permitted to represent us again. I just hope those BBC commentators who have so enjoyed patronising Indian efforts and Indian athletes are as scathing of the British participation in 2012.

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  • 16. At 08:56am on 14 Oct 2010, Jothi wrote:

    Happy to see a positive spin finally. I was getting frustrated at the amount of negative coverage that was going on. Give Delhi a chance folks. Not that the negatives should not be reported but a little more balance would have been welcome from the UK media. As rightly pointed, Delhi does not have that much prior experience and hopefully the indian organisers will get their act together (on time) next time there is a similar opportunity. I can't help but smile at a comment I read in one of the articles - If there was a gold for last minuteness, then it should go to Delhi. However, overall I'm pleased at what has happened since the original delays. More than that, I'm proud that we've got 37 gold and equalled England. That is no small achievement for a country like India. We've never done that well before. Hopefully this will inspire millions of kids and give them the confidence that they can also be World class. A true measure would be how we do in 2012 Olympics.

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  • 17. At 08:58am on 14 Oct 2010, Knock Knock its Peter Knowles wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 18. At 09:00am on 14 Oct 2010, Donegalman wrote:

    Massive over reaction in the run-up and early stages by the media who should know better. ND was always going to be different and challenging but very worthwhile. Its easy to be judgemental in the sanitised West.Competitors bought into that but the media trailed miles behind alas

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  • 19. At 09:04am on 14 Oct 2010, FifeBen wrote:

    Well done India - I'm so glad you proved the doubters wrong.

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  • 20. At 09:11am on 14 Oct 2010, planetjupiter wrote:

    Nice to hear this article.Well balanced. Yes there have been problems and enough have been said about them.

    A point to Post no.5 : NZ_Bloke
    Agree that there has been a huge security, sometimes a lot more to the people's liking, but this is one of the main issues. When you have a games of this extent, all it takes is one person, to disrupt the entire show. Keeping this in mind,I think its good that security has been given top preference.I wonder what the same people would have said if a crude bomb had gone off some where? What would the headlines be like?

    One of the big pluses of the Games has also been the rise of Indian athletes. We have seen in these games, one thing which they would have never seen: Vociferous home support.It makes a huge difference for an unknown athlete to have a whole country cheer for you. In fields like athletics, its been a major impetus.Usually, these kind of reception is reserved for Cricket. But what a sight it was to see massive crowds cheering the wrestlers, boxers, and the runners!

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  • 21. At 09:21am on 14 Oct 2010, Dipanjan wrote:

    Thanks, and you are always welcome to this Country of ours. :)

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  • 22. At 09:21am on 14 Oct 2010, deve wrote:

    It's worth noting that for the Commonwealth Games to survive it had to be prepared to be held in India. There was no choice. I think a lot of the sporting people involved cacooned in their own little bubble missed this point. India constitutes half the population of the Commonwealth, by some measures it is now the largest economy (and at current growth rates will soon be the dominant one), it is an emerging superpower. So despite still on a per capita basis being relatively poor their is no way Indians would be content with travelling between the UK, Canada and Aus every 4 years.

    To the complaints against the BBC, those of us who watch it regularly know the criticism was nothing to do with anything anti-India, it's just a depressing cynical negativity which is firmly rooted in sports journalism here. It was the same for the Winter Olympics in Canada, the World Cup in SA, the Olympics in Athens, the European Cup final in Rome, and most likely will be the case for the Olympics in London. Its just their style.

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  • 23. At 09:22am on 14 Oct 2010, Anton wrote:

    I hope India gets the Olympics in 2020. It can be staged in Delhi with its existing sporting facilities built for these games but with some upgrading. I think a multi-sport culture in India will be in place long before then, so you won't see the same mistakes made and venues will be packed from the start because people will be familiar with all the sports.

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  • 24. At 09:26am on 14 Oct 2010, deve wrote:

    As someone who lived in Beijing during the Olympics there I'd also add that I'd take chaotic passionate crowds cheering a "second tier" event over a sanitised corporate-like excellence any day. Anyone who has been to a Bundasliga game and compared it with the "better product" of the Premier League or Serie A will understand what I mean.

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  • 25. At 09:30am on 14 Oct 2010, Jugganaut wrote:

    Really, who cares? So now we know who, out of a group of countries purely selected on the basis that they used to be part of the British Empire, can run the fastest round a track. Whoop de do! I imagine some of you are going to come back with warm fuzzy answers like "it is good for promoting world unity and peace" or, quoting Seb Coe it "..could inspire thousands of people who'd never even seen an athletics track before to get involved." I'm sure all the people in the Dharvi are going to be overjoyed with this and it will make them forget the lack of clean water and sanitation and consequent disease that is their daily lives. And do you think all these "...excited faces in the crowds" enjoying "...the sense of pride in Indian success" are these same people or are they just the affluent middle/upper classes who can afford to buy tickets? What a load of rubbish, sorry. I would be far more interested to know how much this has cost India and why they decide that this is a more worthwile expenditure than, umm, improving the living conditions of one third of the poorest people on the planet.

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  • 26. At 09:30am on 14 Oct 2010, proudind wrote:

    thank goodness for atleast some positive note! what a shame to those athletes who chose not to participate.
    good for wee tom daley. atleast he was enthusiastic from the beginning. just like the neg note from the BBc, i think it is only fair to show some positive aspects of the games. afterall brit has done very well indeed. can't complain now!

    oops kaushik....did u mean apprehensive!!

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  • 27. At 09:31am on 14 Oct 2010, cwg-fan wrote:

    this is too little too late. The media has already done irrepairable damage to delhi/India's reputation by it's scaremongering. Unless you put these things in BBC headlines (like the dirty toilets) it will make no difference.

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  • 28. At 09:34am on 14 Oct 2010, Ianc79 wrote:

    Well done Delhi. At last the media have given praise to the games organisers, which is well over due, as I firmly believe that after a few minor hiccups, the 2010 Commonwealth games have been a major success. I have enjoyed the event as much if not more than any previous Commonwealth or Olympic Games and will be sad to see it draw to a close this evening. The variety of sports, the atmosphere, friendliness (yet highly competitive) and hospitality on show have been a credit to the Indian people. From the organisers, to the Indian Government, to the security forces (who have done a fantastic job), to the athletes who have taken part to finally and most importantly, the Indian people, who have embraced these games with great enthusiasm (after a slow start).
    You should all hold your head up proud and finally, to the athletes who showed disrespect to the Delhi games, India and importantly the Indian people, it has been your loss. These games have illustrated to the world what India has to offer and importantly, the fantastic hospitality that visitors will experience.
    Great games, here’s to 2014 and the games in Glasgow.

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  • 29. At 09:39am on 14 Oct 2010, Knock Knock its Peter Knowles wrote:

    It got bad press because it deserved bad press, stop putting a racist spin on it

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  • 30. At 09:41am on 14 Oct 2010, BakedBeans wrote:

    Whole commonwealth is a farce.

    There were lots of politics then about sports.

    is not the BBC who reported over flowing washing machine as leaking AC. Motives should be questioned.

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  • 31. At 09:46am on 14 Oct 2010, boldasalion wrote:

    Mr Pearce,

    BBC has been publishing humiliating and insulting features since the CWG started which indeed wounded the hearts of many Indians. It gave a chance for all India-haters to shout using brutally foul languages against Indians. I read thousands of nasty comments written by racists and negative comments from those genuinely criticized over some downfalls. It gave me (many like me)an impression that the British are only seeing the bad side of everything. The photos which were published to degrade India and titled as "CWG Athlete village" , was just an example. The athlete's village was 'absolutely superb' as per many foreign athletes comments, still those photos of flooded and unused toilets were spreading everywhere, saying this is how we keep our toilets! We millions of Indians live a life with high standard of hygiene ( of course millions are living a poor life also) felt beaten back and forth. Anyway.... at last someone has written something good about an Indian game. Thank you. You will see abundant success in your career Mr Pearce, because you are not a liar.

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  • 32. At 09:47am on 14 Oct 2010, Tiger Rose wrote:

    I wish people would stop playing the race card. India got a lot wrong in preparation for these games and a lot of the criticism was deserved.

    Things picked up in the second half of the games, especially the attendances but that can't totally mask the earlier issues.

    I don't think India is ready to host the Olympics yet. I would suggest that they host something like the Asian Games to demonstrate they have learned from mistakes made in the Commonwealth Games and then perhaps they could bid.

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  • 33. At 09:52am on 14 Oct 2010, Hooplar wrote:

    Like many others, I'm glad to finally read something positive about the games, instead of the constant criticism.

    And I'm not Indian.

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  • 34. At 09:54am on 14 Oct 2010, JAYNIMMS wrote:

    for jealous people like bull eye who is still growing eventhough from developed backgrounds his countryman deve has posted answers for him.this is great india for you one positive report did you see how many people are happy since indians have that sparkling level of innocence still left in them and our tradition is to forget and forgive not vengeance india reacts only if its that necessary.thats why all invaders ruled india since people accept them on the long run.why they make money hard work unlike 9 to 5 working time indians work 18 hours normally the new generation especially.when in the west youngsters dont even care for education living on govt money indian kids go for 3 pg india its all about being competitive.look at our crowds they have that innocence of all emotional levels in humans do they west have it no.we have nothing against england and we are the only country which carried english as the main language we still use british legal system road system right hand drive.our communication medium is english.our schools strives for better english we are the only country which accepted britan with whole heartedness.when british belittle us we fee gutted to the core since we have stood by them for more than 160 even if you do not applaude do not belittle us since thats not fair

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  • 35. At 09:58am on 14 Oct 2010, manofthematch wrote:

    This is a typical Indian style organising. It may look bad in the begining but the end result only matters. Somehow they will regroup together and bring the positive results. btw,same applicable with offshore IT companies as well. :-)
    Well done India.

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  • 36. At 10:01am on 14 Oct 2010, sangeetha wrote:

    finally from BBC which is big media has given positive comments.
    Especially when third world country organises these kind of some international event , people & media should appreciate the efforts they have put to encourage the way they have carried out. So that this brings motivation to other countries.

    Its really great thing when you see indians are realyy doing well in the sport events though sports was not much common . Its great pride to see people in india have come forward and has showed there talents to such great extent .

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  • 37. At 10:03am on 14 Oct 2010, grogroovy wrote:

    James, thanks for the article. It was balanced and well written. There have been issues, possibly not to the extent that were portrayed by the media, but whatever it is I agree that issues, big or small, are meant to be solved. And Im glad that the India government was swift enough, even if at the last moment, to get things done before the games began.

    Nice one Mr Pearce. I hope you do visit India again and have a great time everytime you do!

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  • 38. At 10:04am on 14 Oct 2010, grogroovy wrote:

    James, thanks for the article.It was balanced and well written.There have been issues, possibly not to the extent that were portrayed by the media, but whatever it is I agree that issues, big or small, are meant to be solved. And Im glad that the Indian government was swift enough, even if at the last moment, to get things done before the games began.

    Nice one Mr Pearce.I hope you do visit India again and have a great time everytime you do!

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  • 39. At 10:07am on 14 Oct 2010, preet mann wrote:

    I am so relieved after reading your article Mr Pearce. Thanks for looking at the Indian's effort to make this event a memorable and successful event, from another angle. Everyone like India have to start the journey of success with few challenges. I am so proud that we managed to do our best and will always do our best.

    Jai Hind

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  • 40. At 10:13am on 14 Oct 2010, deve wrote:

    Jugganaut, one word - balance. Not every penny of a country's coffers should go on health and education. Expenditure on cultural events should be manageable I agree and also in proportion but they matter, a lot. Society thrives by more than merely functioning but also expressing and sport is one way it can do that. You are right the people in the stadium likely are the middle-classes using the spare time and income development has helped provide them with. Getting ever more people into those middle classes to do the same will be the primary goal for India over the coming decades. Its important such people remain in India rather than move abroad and providing a rich cultural life is part of that.

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  • 41. At 10:20am on 14 Oct 2010, NiiLarte wrote:

    I think India did a good job. But the media made a mess of it before it all started.

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  • 42. At 10:20am on 14 Oct 2010, BakedBeans wrote:

    It is more about politics than about sports.

    BBC reported over flowing washing machine as leaking AC. LOL.

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  • 43. At 10:21am on 14 Oct 2010, Castanha wrote:

    Whilst the medal table still has the familar look of the "old commonwealth" dominating the medals table, nevertheless the Delhi Gameshave been a triumph it would seem for the "newer commonwealth".
    India, Nigeria, Kenya, Singapore, & Malaysia have increased their tallies of medals. Of the latter only Jamaica have fared worst of. There are excuses that not all the top athletes took part. Tell that to the Indian womens 4x400 relay team! When anyone looks at the medals table next year, who will remenber those that weren't there? On the other hand (bar the media) who remembers the individuals that didn't participate in 2006?

    India hasn't covered itself in glory by these Games but they will learn from the experience. There is an Indian word "tamasha" that no other language has a word that describes chaos better and only applies to those peoples. With such a diverse population it is not a surprise there were problems.

    Indians have found out they are competitive on all fornts--only if they could include organisations as one of their strengths they will be alright as a nation.

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  • 44. At 10:22am on 14 Oct 2010, AVG wrote:

    Finally, an article that shows the foreign media (specially from the developed world) was suffering from prejudice against India. We're progressing and our inexperience caused us a lot of troubles. I believe we have learnt some valuable lessons here which would help us organise an event like this in future, if given a chance, in a much better way.

    No. 35 - I don't agree - this is not the typical Indian way of organising things. You are going by, again, the foreign media which has stereotyped Indian organising.

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  • 45. At 10:29am on 14 Oct 2010, AVG wrote:

    No. 40 - I cannot agree more, Deve. Perfect! People like Jugganaut will keep on moaning for some reason or the other. For them, nothing will ever be perfect in a developing country.

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  • 46. At 10:42am on 14 Oct 2010, Jasper wrote:

    All those negative comments from BBC and British, NZ or westerm media was to negate every thing that India was trying to do. They did not want to give India or any 3rd world country to succeed or experience a big sporting event.

    Look at the security arrangement costs, costing millions of Pounds to keep the games and the visitors and athletes secure. No thanks or appreciation from BBC or others for that.

    All is ending in great success

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  • 47. At 10:44am on 14 Oct 2010, Gurvinder wrote:

    Before the start of the game, there were so many apprehensions about the organization of CWG 2010. So much negative publicity had ruined the enthusiasm of the game. The international media was all set to project the negative issues about CWG. There was something which kept me confident that “ALL is going to be well”.

    I got into discussion with BBC on this subject. They interviewed me for the program on air to know my opinion about CWG preparation & related activities. I was very optimistic about the success of the games.I am happy that host of the program took it very positive and it helped to relay the positive message across the word. I am glad to see that everything went very well.

    Here is the link of the clip of my interview with BBC, which happened before the event. I am happy to see that CWG event was a big success.

    I was among the 60k lucky people those who could be part of history to watch opening ceremony in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.I will have to find an appropriate word to depict the quality of opening ceremony. The word like outstanding, sensation, awesome , brilliant are suitable but not the best to define the ambiance of stadium. Wonderful.

    Here are links of some of the snaps i could take during this program.

    Album 1 ->

    Album 2 ->

    Album 3 ->

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  • 48. At 10:45am on 14 Oct 2010, cali13 wrote:

    As a NRI who moved to California as a kid I could not stop wondering how Delhi was able to put on these games. What a great job they did. Every little thing in India is corrupted. There are no fields for the Indian athletcs to practice. No support from the goverment. Sometimes no support from the families and yet they won almost 100 medals. See people in the West fail to see, India is been independed nation only 60 some years. Yet we are in every country in the world. Every country in the world uses Indias skills in someway or shape. And them to put these games and doing a great job.. bravo bravo. Atleast now Indians can see there are more great sports than stupid cricket. Maybe goverment can see that too. Also we got great airport out these games. :))

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  • 49. At 10:50am on 14 Oct 2010, billion_plus wrote:

    BADMINTON GOLD!!!!!!!!!

    INDIA !!!! INDIA !!!! INDIA !!!! INDIA !!!!

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  • 50. At 10:50am on 14 Oct 2010, cali13 wrote:

    Also Indian media is to be blaimed as much as West media if not more in giving these games bad vibes. Good job James

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  • 51. At 10:52am on 14 Oct 2010, Kalees wrote:

    James.. i believe you will agree with us now.. its not just India.. it's Incredible India..

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  • 52. At 10:53am on 14 Oct 2010, britinspain2010 wrote:

    To judge and assess these games properly, you have to split them into three parts...BEFORE, DURING & AFTER.

    BEFORE: Worst organistaion of any games I have seen. The organising commitee did not seem to have a clue on how to put on the games and at times (and as seen by press reports) they had their hands in too many ruppee lined pockets. I think the Delhi and Indian people were looking forward to the games but as it got closer to the opening of the games and the problems mounted up, their vision of the games and the commonwealth became murkier. This is the organiser fault.

    DURING: Negative first, poor attendance at the beginning stages of the games (I hope LOndon 2012 were watching so they can stop a repeat in 2 years time). Some people have moaned at the quality, but it is true, you can only beat whoever is put in front of you. The indian people seemed to take the games into their hearts by around the 3/4 day and that was amazing to see, it shows how pasionate they are about sport. Some amazing perfomances from some star athletes (my personal favourites were Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley).

    AFTER: Who knows. I hope hosting the games has given the country a big boost and also got people more interested in sport. If the games can help increase soprt awareness then they can go a long way in helping India achieve its goal of hosting an Olympic games. In my opinion, hosting an olympics seems to be a long way down the road 2028/2032, as India need to use these games for social development (i.e. reducing poverty and people living on the streets, improving literacy rates etc.) If india can do this then yes they will host an Olympics and it would be an amazing olympics.

    Indian sport has bright future, don´t let politics and politicians hamper or damage that bright future.

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  • 53. At 10:57am on 14 Oct 2010, Tiger wrote:

    Of course you don’t expect a packed stadium when the media, especially foreign, have been reporting the build up to the games in such a disrespectful manner. Believe me, locals in India do take these matters serious and might even believe them. Moreover, you also have to take into consideration how popular these events are to the general public and to the nation as a whole...not a lot to be honest. I would like to know how much crowd and support would a game like "Kabaddi" if held in UK would pull ??? People have huge support to these games in some parts of India and it is part of the Asian Games. Wrt to sportsmanship from the local public, well you will have to witness a footy match in England, both inside and outside the stadium, to get an idea of what sportsmanship is - hooliganism at its best.

    An wrt to your statement "And watch the British public come out in force in 2012 to support the event, for I know no nation on earth that supports all sports like ours" - yes I am sure we will see a huge support from the British public in London as London is the home for so many migrants from all over the world and I hope it all goes well but the other one is a bit of an over statement, in my view.

    Well, I think I have been negative in trying to address the point made by #17, but the fact is I am well pleased as to how these games have been conducted and I am in no doubt London will host one of the best Olympic games ever hosted and I am sure Britian's athletes will be there to challenge rest of the world.

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  • 54. At 11:09am on 14 Oct 2010, theboganpimpernal wrote:

    Well done turned out much better than many expected.
    As for the Olympics ..presuming that gets the OK from the Indian Govt after they do all the sums.. where do the pro olympic bid enthusiasts think they'll get their IOC members votes from ?
    Remember that India will usually be ranked last on sporting culture among any list of bidders (well maybe somwhere like Qatar will rank lower )It's not like the other BRIC countries (....any of those would probably qualify for a second Olympics before India a first ) Be interested to see how India goes in the upcoming Asiad which includes the Olympic programme

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  • 55. At 11:14am on 14 Oct 2010, Vipul Kothiyal wrote:

    Nice post James, Good on you to report some positives at last. otherwise it seemed like most of Western and Ausralian media had a preset to focus on negatives. It also seemed in most of the blogs I read on BBC that Beeb already had a pretext such as hey we know it's gonna be a big failure and be prepared to write about that but hey presto... everyone looks in disbelief that India has actually pulled it off and rather brilliantly on that.
    I agree that there is poverty and corruption and other loads of problem however at the same time India is only 60 year old country and already 4th largest economy in the world, deal with it.
    Another point I would like to make there are a number of people in England (Please note I say England not GB, yes that means I have excluded Scots, Irish and Welsh from this) who still think that they are still living in the days of Empire when England could boss around however they should realize that they are no more then a stinky tail of America now, sort the mentality out or you are approaching tough times in the global community.

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  • 56. At 11:18am on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    Well Done India. You proved the world wrong!!!

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  • 57. At 11:20am on 14 Oct 2010, Anton wrote:

    India finished second in the table, ahead of England, after Saina won the gold in badminton. Pipping England on the line must feel very sweet.

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  • 58. At 11:23am on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    Globalcricket, ofcourse it feels sweet :-). Still England may moan that many of their best athletes did not participate but it's there problem. What will go in the history books is that India finished second and England thrid in the medals table. I am proud of it.

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  • 59. At 11:28am on 14 Oct 2010, Singh wrote:

    James,thanks for ending this on a positive note which is seldom the case by British media when it comes to India.The event was about games to which everyone including the hosts stood best.Thanks for visiting Delhi on this trip and let me tell you that you have seen only one state of it and there are still many to be visited.Just go and tell your mates that it was not bad at all.India is emerging and soon be on top.I feel sorry for those players who didn't participate.I know they all shall be regretting now.

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  • 60. At 11:30am on 14 Oct 2010, T from New Zealand wrote:

    India could have done so much better than this. No one died, and only one scoreboard fell but India is capable of better, and I expected better when I first heard the games was awarded to them (the right decision, certainly. But poor oversight afterwards).

    Somebody give them project management training. Gantt charts aren't that hard.

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  • 61. At 11:31am on 14 Oct 2010, x_rayman wrote:

    One thing people should remember that India is still a young country and thriving democracy, unlike china which is a total authoritarian state where things are imposed on the people. In India things move in a slow pace and have to face many hurdles.
    More over over India has been invaded and ruled by outsiders and its wealth has been plundered over many centuries, unlike britain who benefited by ruling half the world at one point.
    For India to succeed low level corruption should be eliminated and the lower class should be uplifted.

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  • 62. At 11:32am on 14 Oct 2010, India_Shinning wrote:

    Oh Good Lord.. The athletes are alive in this country with poor security, 'Delhi belly' and 'Horrible' living conditions ....

    I hope the poor host with million children gave u good food .. hope BBC can do more justice...

    At the end ...

    India ...India ... Shut up World.....

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  • 63. At 11:33am on 14 Oct 2010, Anton wrote:

    As an Indian I can say these games will leave behind a massive legacy. I think it has changed the sporting landscape in India forever. Cricket will still be the most dominant, but I think we will start competing in a huge range of sports from now on.

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  • 64. At 11:34am on 14 Oct 2010, India_Shinning wrote:

    And for those athletes who opted out ....

    Make sure u have a doctor ready when u taking shower ...

    Accidents do happen and your lives are important ....

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  • 65. At 11:34am on 14 Oct 2010, AVG wrote:

    No. 58 - Rightly said about England (at least some of them will surely make this excuse). Look at #17 - (s)he is asking us to compare Delhi against London. Had we done that (the comparison - in a field like economic growth etc where India is doing better), they wouldn't have liked it. Crying babies, not happy in any circumstance; impossible to please.

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  • 66. At 11:35am on 14 Oct 2010, madhusudan wrote:

    Lets hope that these games enable this emerging super power of tomorrow to be respectfully acknowledged for its success and meaningfully criticized for its failures, in the future.

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  • 67. At 11:39am on 14 Oct 2010, Tamasha wrote:

    Thanks James for a positive post. But the embarrassing goof ups in the lead up to the games have left deep scares on our psyche. We can only say sorry to all the great athletes and officials from all across the world for our mistakes. The infantile behavior of crowds at certain venues is also unpardonable - We are literally taking baby steps towards becoming a sporting nation, but its too much to expect that athletes from other parts of the world would be mature enough to understand this.
    To sum up, the games have definitely brought Olympic sports into focus in India, and we will grow up into a truly sporting nation from here on in. But this should not have happened at the expense of athletes from other parts of the world.
    Sorry again to all wonderful athletes for our goof ups and poor understanding of sport etiquette, thanks for coming and putting up a great show.

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  • 68. At 11:41am on 14 Oct 2010, sashidharan wrote:

    I'm happy and relieved to know that you rate these games quite highly. Still India is far from being ready to host an Olympic games. The organizational capabilities of the officials here has been exposed in the present games. I think a city like Delhi is far too congested to smoothly host an event of the magnitude of the Olympic games. Also India's Olympic record is nothing to be proud of. I only hope these games inspire a new generation of sportsmen in this country.

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  • 69. At 11:44am on 14 Oct 2010, India_Shinning wrote:

    And for bbc it would be a pain staking excercise publishing the positive interviews about the host country.

    escpecially for those reporters who were fearing cobra around their reporting desk after spotting mice poo....

    Make sure you have your wild life protection kit on when attending the closing ceremony...

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  • 70. At 11:49am on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    AVG, let #17 keep on moaning about empty stand in the first few days blah blah....we have proved them wrong...these games will leave a huge legacy (hopefully) in Indian athletics. London 2012 will be compared with Beijing 2008 and you know the answer. Already, UK government told the world that they can not match beijing olympics....excuses, excuses, all lame excuses!!!

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  • 71. At 11:55am on 14 Oct 2010, billion_plus wrote:

    Beating England in the medals tally on the final day. Priceless!!!

    "Poetic justice" for the terrible media coverage by the BBC :-)
    (ok... some of you got off the negative bandwagon after a while)

    Well done to everyone and especially athletes from all over the world who showed faith in India and decided to be a part of the games rather than be swayed by media jingoism.

    Those athletes who got back/groin/calf/neck/shoulder/etc etc issues and pulled out the games... er... get well soon!

    Hope that Aussie reporter who concocted the false story about sneaking in terrible devices past security gets trapped in a very dark and deep mine with absolutely no chance of rescue.

    Can't wait for 2012!

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  • 72. At 11:55am on 14 Oct 2010, VIPRA 2009 wrote:

    truly positive article. i enjoyed it thoroughly. i appreciate all the sports personalities who have gone beyond the obstacles created by the media and making it a succesful show. one should understand that in this present era no country is trouble free.the world today is a global village. one of the british CWG members rightly compared the games to an indian wedding where everything falls in place right on the day, before the bride arrives. what a comparison!! well done india and well done all sports men/women.

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  • 73. At 11:58am on 14 Oct 2010, Varun wrote:

    To all those Athletes who chose NOT to participate in Delhi

    Go hide and lock yourself in a dark room because sportsman need to be sporting! I think if you ever win a medal in the future, it will be of no use because you DID NOT compete in Indian conditions and cant call yourselves 'WORLD CHAMPIONS'!

    To all those who question the Indian crowd/spectators
    Please take Yoga lessons to sharpen your concentration!

    The crowd cheering infact put MORE pressure on the Indian opponents and NONE of them complained. Sania in tennis and Saina looked perturbed but DID not complain. I think if you expect crowd to come into the stadiums, then dont just expect them to dumb. If you cant concentrate, pack your bags as you're NOT competent enough for INDIAN conditions which constitures 1/6th of the world population!

    To all those from the Media (or otherwise)who negatively portrayed India
    I think you got your lessons now. I am sure no athlete had to use those dirty toilets, sleep over that bad or fall from a foot overbridge. Do you have pictures proving me wrong ehh?

    To all the Prime Ministers of OZ, NZ and few others if there were
    Please come out as vocally about the success of the games now as you all did initially compaining or warning of pull outs. I wished you came out as vocally when the Indian students were getting attacked by your brethren . Only shows your obtuse mind and personality.

    To all those who uncovered corruption esp.TIMESNOW an Indian news channel
    Thanks a lot. I am sure the OC put its act together when you guys highlighted the corruption in the organisation. I only hope you guys will follow up on the actions taken by Law enforcement agencies.

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  • 74. At 12:00pm on 14 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Good blog - well needed after Tom Fordyce's overly negative blog. Also provides some reparation to the damage the overtly negative headlines made before the games began. For sure a collapsing walkway was an issue but then to talk about dogs on the building site and pictures of dirty loos as part of a wider Indian failing was wrong and ultimately validated charges of at best patronising snobbery (at worst racism).

    India has its issues noone can deny it but events like these galvanise people throughout the country not just those in the stadium who no doubt were largely middle class. They have the power to raise the spirit and give people energy which ultimately helps them solve the challenges. It also gives them the confidence to aspire to the more positive benefits of more developed nations and accept and address the failings in India itself. By the way on this aspect great post Deve #40.

    As for the Olympics maybe its a bit further down the road, given that places like Manchester, Malaysia, Canberra have held Commonwealth games and I don't see them being in the Olympic frame any time soon. That said there is definitely the potential in India even if it will probably take a while.

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  • 75. At 12:15pm on 14 Oct 2010, shabsjoseph wrote:

    That was really honest.

    India(which actually is a reality when compared to the rest of most parts of the world)the challenges for hosting a mega event like this are just beyond discreption and the worst added part 'security'.A vast majority of people illiterate and Poor.A media that has no restrictions.Politicians(that should include all the related people of the CWG 2010 organising committe)that are highly corrupt(but please accept the fact this is not the problem only in India for example China,can someone tell me whats going on...),traffic rules that does not even exist its just impossible to even think of such an event.Inspite of all these'Delhi has delivered and quiet a great one that too'.Just a request to the western media who were really keen on tranishing this countrys image,it was really unfair.There were too many things this country had to concentrate when conducting an event like this(again, security threat for instance)that may not even figure as a major concern if hosted in most other parts of the world.Let us honestly even agree that the opening ceremony for CWG2010 was the best the world has ever seen for any sporting event,the number of performers on stage at the same time from different diverse cultures that India is,was another huge challenge too.

    James wish if the majority of the people(both in INDIA and abroad) could share the same thoughts as yours(which I think again was very honest)the image of this country and the CWG2010 should never have been so badly tarnished in front of the world considering the enthusiasm of all the media here and abroad.

    Lessons learned........

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  • 76. At 12:17pm on 14 Oct 2010, Eagle wrote:

    I question where is Surreybloke123!!!!

    I would honestly like to see a comment from him... TBH he has been more critical than BBC themselves lol... And this is one of those great articles by a guy who has been Correspondent since 2001. During that time I've covered three World Cups, two Summer Olympics, two Winter Olympics and plenty more besides.. So if he says he really means it...

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  • 77. At 12:18pm on 14 Oct 2010, Eagle wrote:

    come on Surreybloke123!!!! Its time I here a comment from u critizing India again...

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  • 78. At 12:18pm on 14 Oct 2010, tancher wrote:

    There is no need for India to aim to stage the Olympic Games next just to prove something. It is the sort of immature thinking that should be avoided.

    More importantly, she should continue to enable the young to develop and excel in sports.

    Bravo to India for staging the CWG well and for the success of all the athletes!

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  • 79. At 12:21pm on 14 Oct 2010, srikanthpullikanti wrote:

    Well Done India. It is Bigggg Success.

    Jai Hind

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  • 80. At 12:21pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jimmy wrote:

    some very large chips on shoulders here. People are allowed to be critical of the preperations of the games, lack of crowds (initially) and low quality in some events without being racist. For whatever reason there have been a number of withdrawals and these have led to some events not having the high quality field they could have had - just as the 100m European final this year was not the best quality given the winning time.

    I think a number of people here seem to believe that everything was perfect. A number of issues that arose and were reported by the press were correctly raised - the state of some of the facilities, ceiling collapsing, bridge collapsing, scales for the boxers being wrong etc. were all important issues that highlighted some of the initial problems.

    that the games were eventually a success should not mask these initial failings. but it should show that they can be put on by a "third world country" (quoting from the initial blog) and should be spread around more to give others a chance, who wants it to constantly rotate between UK and Aus as it can do. It should give India a chance to host more events in future, though i wonder how good a showcase this will be for them to host the olympics, given some of the initial problems which cant simply be swept under the carpet (although Athens did face similar problems in the years leading up to 2004 as reported in the press at the time).

    I think some people on here are simply to quick to see the negative someone has written rather than seeing the positive as well.

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  • 81. At 12:23pm on 14 Oct 2010, Arulisms wrote:

    The whole Idea of commonwealth should be scrapped ? Why did India agree to organize a game that celebrities the British empire, which in turn is nothing but approval of the British empire that tried our ancestors as slaves.

    "What goes around comes around" - Justin Timberlake

    Cant wait for 2012, I already put a website up :) for london 2012 to report professionally like the british media

    London 2012 Logo A Mess

    Like the look of things looks like I would be having a lot of things to report

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  • 82. At 12:25pm on 14 Oct 2010, Binz wrote:

    Ohhh.. at last..BBC neway good to see BBC shows some respect to india and (they should..).People hate india only coz they dont hav no idea about India. Now India is in second place and i suspect england will come with some other way to calculate the table. England is not the best in the world and all the anchors and commentators should realize that when they do their job.BBC is the a top class Broadcasting cor. but shame to hear some foolish criticisms and comments from the anchors and commentators..
    As as indian i respect England and hate the way they treat indians and other countrymen not thinking as we all are human beings and all people are the creation of the almighty.

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  • 83. At 12:34pm on 14 Oct 2010, billion_plus wrote:

    "Jimmy wrote: some very large chips on shoulders here."

    Yes mate... look in the mirror for it and you will notice. In fact you should be able to feel the weight anyway :-)

    No one is denying that there were issues, but they were overblown vastly out of proportion and the constant nitpicking with no attempt at positivity is what people really took issue with.

    You have to understand that India has much more important problems at hand than organizing commonwealth games. So for people to come in and starting to take apart the facilities, reporting lies (eg: that aussie journo) and keep on moaning endlessly while ignoring the unprecedented hospitality and excellent venues is completely uncalled for.

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  • 84. At 12:37pm on 14 Oct 2010, 3LionsnChakra wrote:

    About 15 years ago when I was a student in India I read an essay titled “India progresses despite its bureaucracy”..that still holds true. So my dear friends when you decide to meet out harsh criticism and belittle India please remember we are ruled by a rather incompetent bunch which is insensitive in providing any steer to our people in any sphere of life. That said, it does not mean the massive middle class does not have aspirations despite India’s huge poverty and backwardness in terms of life’s basics.
    Aspirations are what drives a nation towards progress and helps banish the shackles of various ills in society. Hence its only fair that India aspires to land a man on the moon by 2020 and hosting the Olympics in 2020 would be the cherry on the cake. Also, India would be doing the world a great favour by putting its hand up to host the Olympics in this current economic climate. We all know the pressure UK economy is under ... its even contemplating measures like asking its elderly to work till the age of 70 , lesser medical care for the critically ill , not providing milk to children in the primarily schools and the list goes on, all just to keep up the appearances that London is on track for 2012 even with ill afforded £10bn budget. Couldn’t that money be well spent on child care or care for the elderly.
    The writing is on the wall fellows the world needs India more than INDIA needs the world. “India will dream and deliver despite what the world thinks”. See you in Delhi in 2020. Let the good things in India begin..

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  • 85. At 12:44pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jimmy wrote:

    Billion_plus - i can tell you that you will rarely find positive reporting of anything. Who wants to read/hear about happy things when you can be brought doom and gloom by the press?!

    that my friend is how journalism works, and might explain why you believe there has been such a negative spin on reporting!!

    personally i believe the reporting has been fairly level - yes it did focus on the negatives initially (of which there were many) and moved towards a much more positive tone further on, as more people attended the events incidentally. Im sure it was not much fun for some of the competitors in what might be the biggest event of their lives (some will not make Olympic Games) to be representing their countries in front of sparse crowds.

    I know one thing, weather wise there will always be complaints - in Dehli there were many comments about the heat and sure this will not be a problem when it moves to Glasgow in 2014!!

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  • 86. At 12:48pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    Jimmy, we know about the weather in Glasgow...hope the rain does not spoil the party ;-)

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  • 87. At 12:50pm on 14 Oct 2010, Nytten wrote:

    I guess this is the culture of India, drop the expectations, and raise the performance! From Indians, always expect the unexpected!

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  • 88. At 12:50pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    I hope we all remember the story of a tortoise and a rabbit. The moral is it does not matter how we start a race (slow or fast), it is how we finish matters the most. Surely, India went into the games slowly but surely India did finish strongly. Hats off to India for putting up a brilliant show.

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  • 89. At 12:51pm on 14 Oct 2010, hizento wrote:

    Was the CWG postive for India? It was suppose to be a comming out party but like India iteslf it was littered with flaws. The ugly face of corruption, child labour, poor organization and in the end appeal albeit a cosmetic one. Did it show India as a rising power? Probably yes but slowly and for me it did not change India's status that it is still a very backward country and a long way off from being a superpower. The real proof of the pudding is did the CWG convince overseas businessmen invest in India more? I don't think many would want to risk the frustration, corruption, shoddy contruction and slow way of doing things.

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  • 90. At 12:52pm on 14 Oct 2010, Varun wrote:

    I agree fully with Billion_plus.

    Those pictures of the games village reminded me (and I'm sure to all Indians or who knows India) of almost every new building structure straight out of labourers factory. The problem was that these should have been handed over to people incharge at least 6 months in advance. Anybody in India, who buys an apartment (a brand new one) has to give a minimum 15 days notice to the builder and during these 15 days, they actually clean up that same mess you saw in the pictures. Its universal across India, whereever you go. What surprised me more was that they left it for the very end to be cleaned up and not the pictures!

    The irony is that no one is taliing about those poor labourers who actually created that mess! Its good that it happened in india and got reported in the work media otherwise in a country like china or North korea, the poor labourers may have got executed by now!

    all said and debated. Lets put an end to all this debate.

    Lesson for India: Dont leave things for the very end where chances for goofing up are real! I hope good lessons will be learnt and all work leading upto such an event will be done much in advance.

    Lesson for Others: Have your trust in 1.3 billion people and their dreams and sensitivities. We are a good host and never leave our guests unhappy (unless provoked!)

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  • 91. At 12:54pm on 14 Oct 2010, U14532624 wrote:

    Well done India for doing the Commonwealth. Roll on Glasgow 2015

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  • 92. At 12:54pm on 14 Oct 2010, Varun wrote:

    forgive my typo mistakes!

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  • 93. At 12:56pm on 14 Oct 2010, Forsythe P Jones wrote:

    Dear Mr. Pearce,

    Thank you for this nice article. I have been a silent reader for months now and felt it was about time that I shared my opinion with you.

    But first thing first, congratulations to Australia for again dominating the table, commiserations to England for Hockey and Badminton, congratulations to Sri Lanka for their gold medal and last but by far not the least, congratulations to India on the second position and on staging the games satisfactorily.

    A lot of people had discounted all hopes of seeing a satisfactory Games held in India and it feels nice that Delhi repudiated such hopes. However, it must be said that those fears were not unfounded. The Games were, as it appears, mired in corruption and it would be a crying shame if the people responsible are let off just because the Games were a success and everything is forgotten. They should not be allowed to stay in-charge and swell their overflowing coffers by bidding for the Olympics.

    Which brings me to the next point: Although I remain as fierce a supporter of Indian prowess as any, in my humble opinion it would be a huge mistake if India bids for the Olympics before 2024. Until we get a sporting culture going, which means not just having athletes and sports-persons who can win the medals but also the associations which can sustain the advances made in their respective sports and which can be held responsible when things go wrong, India should not even bid for the Olympics. Right now the Indian Hockey federation is a sham and Archery, Gymnastics, Aquatics and Athletics Associations need a complete overhaul and need to be professionally managed with zero political interference.

    Indians should also realize that the West is not really as anti-India and as jealous of the India story as the Media would have us believe. It is just that in the West the standards and yardsticks are different and the way things work in India is unimaginable to those who come from there. The things the West takes for granted are not very important for Indians and the things considered very important in India are unheard of in the West. It will take time but perhaps India and the West will learn to appreciate eachother FOR the differences and not DESPITE the differences. I have traveled to a number of countries in Europe and have by and large always found people more pro-India than anti-India. Compare this with the way foreigners and tourists are fleeced in India.

    To conclude, it gives me great pride in seeing the Games being held in New Delhi and I hope India bids for the Asian Games next (again, I dare say) after having overhauled the Organizing committee. I hope Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune or Chandigarh bid for these Games. Lastly, a big thank you to Jose Brasa, Pulela Gopichand, Gurbax Singh Sandhu and all the other coaches who hav helped swell India's tally.

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  • 94. At 12:59pm on 14 Oct 2010, winsomelosesome wrote:

    Thank you England, thank you Australia for giving us one of the best contests of these games: that for champion whiner. Despite Pearce's recent stories, it is still too close to call.

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  • 95. At 12:59pm on 14 Oct 2010, Vincent Morris wrote:

    The games have been quite a success despite the premature bad publicity.

    There are factually incorrect comments here - inciting that "expectations were met only because they were low in the first place" - topdawg. More likely to be a malicious comment from one of India's neighbours.

    The facilities were top-notch and many athletes and associations mentioned that it was by far the best seen in common wealth games. Nothing to do with expectations really.

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  • 96. At 12:59pm on 14 Oct 2010, Byanrajanarayan wrote:

    Thank you Madam. Your article is factually correct and encouraging. We wish BBC to keep it up and give India,its true representation before the World.

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  • 97. At 1:04pm on 14 Oct 2010, Hats off to The GOATs of all Sports wrote:

    There is only one way to describe India "An Incredible India"!

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  • 98. At 1:05pm on 14 Oct 2010, AAP_UK wrote:

    Everyday I have lunch and have a quick catch up on the latest news around the world. However, having read this article I had to post a comment. I have to agree with all the other people and say you have really shown the true colours of India and how negative criticisms always take a back seat when good karma pushes to the forefront! India has shown the world what it can do!

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  • 99. At 1:09pm on 14 Oct 2010, Rahul wrote:

    There are some things WESTERN MEDIA (BBC, which carries the batton), cant buy
    Beating England in the medals tally on the final day and that too keeping them under from the very early days. Priceless!!!

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  • 100. At 1:12pm on 14 Oct 2010, happypineapple wrote:

    "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win." M K Gandhi.

    I think the biggest problem with us Indians is that we give too much value and respect to countries and people who deserve it the least. My work has taken me all over the world and I have spent considerable amount of time in the so called developed countries. These countries have so much of filth in their value system, decayed ethical standards, teenage pregnancies, school children stabbing each other on the streets of London, shootouts in schools, uncontrollable drug problems, highly unsafe cities, racism and the list can go on. When faced with all these I would rather prefer unclean roads of India, the so called third world name tag and dodgy politicians. The stray dogs in India are more welcoming deserve more praise than some of the people who are still living in their hole of a developed world.

    Dear fellow Indians, we may not have a lot of things but we also have shit loads of things that these so called developed countries can only dream of. Roads can be cleaned, infrastructure can be built but the culture and value system that Indian has cannot be replicated by any one. Be proud to be an Indian and let the dogs bark, we will be in a position to throw them a biscut soon.

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  • 101. At 1:12pm on 14 Oct 2010, happypineapple wrote:

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  • 102. At 1:14pm on 14 Oct 2010, billion_plus wrote:

    "The real proof of the pudding is did the CWG convince overseas businessmen invest in India more..."

    The SENSEX has risen during the CWG and continues to rise as we speak.

    FII inflow into India is breaking all records.

    Thankfully majority of Businessmen look beyond conventional journalism to base level headed investment decisions on.

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  • 103. At 1:15pm on 14 Oct 2010, Rajesh Patel wrote:

    Thanks James, at last we hear the positive comments from BBC. I agree that Delhi did underestimate the reflection of these games especially when India is a host country. But who don't do mistake. I am sure Indian authorities have learned enough from these controversial experience. I do believe that India have far better quality to present and make the rest of the world convinced with its ability, capacity and the kindness to welcome to its guests from the rest of the world. I wish to congratulate to all athletes who participated in the games and appreciate their effort towards achieving the success and much appreciate for their precious expressions towards India's hospitality.

    I am sure India will once again in furure host not only one but many of these international events in its different cities.

    "You are most welcome to my country INDIA again"
    Thank you very much.

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  • 104. At 1:18pm on 14 Oct 2010, Sayan Das wrote:

    Thank You! Mr. Pearce,
    Your article truly represents a very unbiased version of the CWG. I was in Delhi when the last minute preparations were taking place and like most Indians was expecting a show in shambles but MIRACLES DO HAPPEN!! and it came in form of our "wonderful atheletes"! and a 2nd place in the medals tally was an added surprise! U go Team India! Sania Nehwal u make us proud more than anyone else!! Finally its time the western press gave us our time to bask in the golden glory rather than writing off India as a developing country with slums!! Kindly give us as much positive print as u did to the negativity!! These Games will inspire a whole new generation of young budding atheletes!Well I think our corrupt politicians should now truly refrain from hogging the limelight now or face being thrown roten eggs!! Because the true heroes of the Games are the Atheletes and the security personnnels!! Jai Ho!!

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  • 105. At 1:18pm on 14 Oct 2010, Neilbarry wrote:

    Thank You for what is at last a fair article.

    Would also like to thank all the athletes whom rely and religiously read the uk's no.1 selling council trash newspaper for not attending the games.

    Again to all the so-called athletes that boycotted the games:

    A huge 2 fingered salute goes out to you :)

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  • 106. At 1:20pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    Hizento, "The real proof of the pudding is did the CWG convince overseas businessmen invest in India more?"
    please read this along with billon_plus's comment..this is how the writer starts the last paragraph; "In a sense, India stands out internationally," said Amit Tandon, managing director of Fitch rating agency in India. "It may be difficult to come in, but once you are in you make money."

    @Hizento, this answers your question..

    anyway it's time for all Indians to celebrate this huge success.

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  • 107. At 1:20pm on 14 Oct 2010, Sunit wrote:

    It is nice that some one is praising at last but we were knowing from begining that there is nothing serious except negative media,but as it says hard work always payoff no matter how challenging and tough it is,India has done that,but we respect sports as well and at last I will say winner is sports and again it is proved that sports men spirit always work no matter it is 1st 2nd or 3rd world.Well done India and congratulation to all who participited in this mega event.

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  • 108. At 1:34pm on 14 Oct 2010, HS123 wrote:

    It's good to hear that the Delhi games eventually were a success -- I have heard it said it is like an "Indian wedding" it comes together in the end!

    Well done to all concerned with the games and given Lord Coe's comments India could be a potential future candidate for an Olympics. Let's hope so.

    Good article -- thanks Jim.

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  • 109. At 1:35pm on 14 Oct 2010, mani86 wrote:

    A positive comment on Delhi/India on the BBC! Better late than never :D

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  • 110. At 1:36pm on 14 Oct 2010, mightydeceaser wrote:

    #15 "in light of the worldwide avid and often racist condemnation sbout their efforts in getting the Commonwealth Games facilities ready, and about their country in general. Here in the UK, the newspapers have delighted in stirring the racist pot"
    didn't take long to play the racism/conspiracy card eh? let it go. the CWG were criticised justifiably in the build-up as it was a shambles. since then, an excellent job has been done by India in hosting the CWG and they fully deserve all praise and congratulations that comes their way. Well done India
    #93 well said

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  • 111. At 1:46pm on 14 Oct 2010, rVins wrote:

    Thank You so much for such lovely positive feedback..Thanks again to world media for showing their good support at the end of the CWG 2010, Delhi...An Indian

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  • 112. At 1:50pm on 14 Oct 2010, Byanrajanarayan wrote:

    Well done India in CWG2010..Down with all negative criticisms from whichever channels, those had come..Let the whole World know that India is emerging to achieve its due place and to dominate the World arena in 2020s. Welcome to Incredible India, to all the people of the World, to have a glimpse and taste of India. Jai Hind.

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  • 113. At 2:00pm on 14 Oct 2010, Petanque1 wrote:

    To India/Indians
    It does not matter what the rest of the world thinks. It matters what Indians thinks. Stop seeking validation.
    1) Did India host the best games it could? Really?
    2) Could it have been done better, or cheaper, or more in time?
    If you think not, that's fine. Sad but fine.
    But I think we all know the honest answers.
    From an Indian.

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  • 114. At 2:04pm on 14 Oct 2010, EFCForever wrote:

    It's been a very disappointing games with hardly anyone here in England being interested. I can't blame people either, it's bad enough being so far behind Australia in the medals table but to come THIRD is a disgrace. We will have to improve for London 2012 or it could a bit of a embarrassment.

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  • 115. At 2:04pm on 14 Oct 2010, smellslikesalmon wrote:

    Well done India, I enjoyed watching these games and am glad they were hosted in India. The passion of the crowds when India was competing was great to see.

    I know many Indians took some of the initial criticism personally, but I think to be fair there were problems, and we know how the media love to report on problems (the Indian media too from what I saw). Just look at some of the reporting of the Winter Games in Canada this year, for example. I'm sure if there are problems with infrastructure in 2012 the British media will be merciless.

    Having said all that, it's great that the games went ahead in the end and that India did so well in a range of sports. Perhaps this will generate interest in 'new' sports in India beyond cricket etc?

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  • 116. At 2:05pm on 14 Oct 2010, Prasanth Varrier wrote:

    Hi thanks for the good comments.
    This is wht India & Indians..
    Jai Hind

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  • 117. At 2:10pm on 14 Oct 2010, G_K___ wrote:

    happypineapple wrote[101]:
    "the so called developed countries. These countries have so much of filth in their value system, decayed ethical standards, teenage pregnancies, school children stabbing each other on the streets of London, shootouts in schools, uncontrollable drug problems, highly unsafe cities, racism and the list can go on."


    Ermm, you honestly have the temerity to criticise western nations for their high rate of teenage pregnancy? The teenage birthrate in India is 73 per 1000 - this is more than THREE TIMES that of the UK, and one of the highest rates on the face of the planet.

    As for racism, you find racism in any country which people actually want to live in, because there is such a large influx of folk of all races from all over the world. Obviously India does not face that problem. But having said that, I have found from my (generally very positive) experience of Indian people living in the UK that... and I really don't want to paint a stereotype here... but let's put it this way, a "native" British family is a LOT more likely to allow their daughter to marry a black guy than an Indian family is. I have found that there is an attitude towards afro-caribbean people which is chauvinistic, and which seems to me to derive from the genetically-hierarchical mindset of the caste system. But obviously Indians living in the UK are generally richer, higher-caste folk, so this attitude is perhaps not replicated among the majority of Indians on the subcontinent.

    You end your rant with the (presumably economically-based) comment "Be proud to be an Indian and let the dogs bark, we will be in a position to throw them a biscut soon." Strange, isn't it, that - having just told us what a pit of iniquity the developed world is - you seem to harbour such a relish for joining it. If India does manage to become one of the world's wealthy "developed" nations, the other problems you have noted will - sadly - follow with it.

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  • 118. At 2:11pm on 14 Oct 2010, EFCForever wrote:

    Where's my last post gone?????????

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  • 119. At 2:16pm on 14 Oct 2010, EFCForever wrote:

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  • 120. At 2:17pm on 14 Oct 2010, EFCForever wrote:

    Hoorah for the liberal BBc!!!

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  • 121. At 2:18pm on 14 Oct 2010, G_K___ wrote:

    Jugganaut wrote [25]:
    "I'm sure all the people in the Dharvi are going to be overjoyed with this and it will make them forget the lack of clean water and sanitation and consequent disease that is their daily lives. And do you think all these "...excited faces in the crowds" enjoying "...the sense of pride in Indian success" are these same people or are they just the affluent middle/upper classes who can afford to buy tickets? What a load of rubbish, sorry. I would be far more interested to know how much this has cost India and why they decide that this is a more worthwile expenditure than, umm, improving the living conditions of one third of the poorest people on the planet."


    Bang on. It's very salutary to bear in mind that all the Indians posting on these threads are people who have internet access, and are thus already a very privileged elite. Many of them are quick to tell us blithely to "concentrate on the positives". They would probably say the same to the starving beggars they pass every day on their way to work, if they chanced to stop for a chat.

    But I think if we took a poll of India's poverty-stricken masses, we would get a very different perspective on where the Games money ought to have been spent.

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  • 122. At 2:21pm on 14 Oct 2010, STIG wrote:

    The Games proved larger than the organisers. India underestimated the work required to stage the games and I think learnt some harsh lessons as a result. Away from the games the competing nations will be able to speak their minds about the organisation and its obvious shortcomings.
    Some events were sub-standard but others were world class such as the diving and the hockey and rugby and longer distance athletics.
    All the winners looked delighted and rightly so. On the whole the BBC coverage was excellent and the expert summarisers were among the best ever all articulate and well-informed. Ian Thorpe was a revelation.

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  • 123. At 2:21pm on 14 Oct 2010, mightydeceaser wrote:

    #43 "Whilst the medal table still has the familar look of the "old commonwealth" dominating the medals table, nevertheless the Delhi Games have been a triumph it would seem for the "newer commonwealth".
    the "old commonwealth". who are they exactly? - the English were in India and Africa long before they were in Australia, Canada, NZ.
    going by your citeria, i assume the "old commonwealth" countries are the "white" or "western" nations? why do you still insist on creating a division? its tired and boring. the majority of us are all the same. there are good people in all countries as there are some absolute idiots in all countries

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  • 124. At 2:23pm on 14 Oct 2010, EFCForever wrote:

    Coming third is a disgrace.

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  • 125. At 2:24pm on 14 Oct 2010, pathofclouds wrote:

    Just before the Games started, I had posted a comment on another blog here, ending with "Bet India will surprise all of you." I guess it did. Amid all the confusion, the media hype and negativity, Sports and Sportsmanship won. And that is what truly matters.
    Enjoy the closing ceremony, we have already started our celebrations here in Delhi!

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  • 126. At 2:36pm on 14 Oct 2010, wiseindianmonk wrote:

    an excellent article..ur right in saying that expectattions were low given that india is ultimately not that advanced with little sports facilites or culture..but india has has pulled off a spectacular games..spectator attendance has been low partly because many people have not even heard of so many of the sports that have it'll be unfair to india to say that attendance was dismal..nyways very good article..

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  • 127. At 2:39pm on 14 Oct 2010, kapaldi wrote:

    Any and every major event is going to be scrutinised by the media, the knifes were out for chaos and problems in South African for the World Cup. But vuvuzela's aside nothing but positive media attention, the stadiums were grade A and so was the support of the people.

    Delhi 2010 got the same treatment from the media but rather then admitting problems the organisers constantly lied to save face. They would have come off a lot better accepting the faults defusing the media frenzy. In which case media may been more kind- emphasising the positives, and the achievement in itself, holding the games is for India.

    The main blame for any problems goes to the Commonwealth committee who had their heads in the sand a year or two ago. Blaming western media, rather then making sure deadlines and targets were met.

    Maybe more disappointing then the fumbling last minute facilities problems were the lack of spectators. India has a ravenousness appetite for cricket and these games were a chance for them to broaden their sporting scope, but the organisers and CWG committee stayed in constant denial. How can a country with the 2nd biggest population in the world fail to fill events? They should have got as many school kids as possible to fill the stadiums and given away tickets, instead most events were usually 90% empty.

    Any major sporting event should celebrate what is great about the host country, South Africa 2010 will be remembered for the passion of the people. India is rich with culture and passion yet the games will be remembered more for the organisers constant blunders then a celebration of a progressing India.

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  • 128. At 2:52pm on 14 Oct 2010, maint123 wrote:

    How much staff does the bbc have in India on a permanent basis ...

    methinks bbc have overstayed their welcome in India ,time to quit India , we don't want you critters here.

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  • 129. At 2:58pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jishith wrote:

    Thank you so much. This article has assessed things with a realistic view. Much much better way of doing journalism

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  • 130. At 3:17pm on 14 Oct 2010, Manish wrote:

    Before the start of the commonwealth games , I have written that whoever is not going to india would be a BIG LOSER .. and this is exactly what happened.
    you cant get much better hostpitality anywhere than in India.

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  • 131. At 3:28pm on 14 Oct 2010, AnfieldRocks wrote:

    Thank you BBC. I am so glad that this will change the negative image BBC always portrayed of India in its news coverages.

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  • 132. At 3:34pm on 14 Oct 2010, raghuram wrote:

    @T from New Zealand
    ""Since the Games began, there have been no problems, or at least no injuries anyway. Yes, a scoreboard collapsed at the rugby sevens ground, but that was days before the competition started there.""
    Am surprised!!! since we were made to believe that the scoreboard had fallen during the games…… irresponsible journalism I guess.
    The real winners are all the sportsmen and women who took part in the CWG Delhi. Thanks to all the athletes for showing the true sportsmanship and making this games successful.

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  • 133. At 4:03pm on 14 Oct 2010, misoramen wrote:

    a big jolly for england's colonies

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  • 134. At 4:10pm on 14 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #133 miserableman did u say the same about the Manchester Commonwealth games?

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  • 135. At 4:14pm on 14 Oct 2010, U13861089 wrote:

    Good job all of India but now you have to get rid of corruption in government. I heard Politicians are handing jobs to their families which have no experience in handling large projects. This may have cause a delay at the start of the games.

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  • 136. At 4:18pm on 14 Oct 2010, DrCajetanCoelho wrote:

    My humble opinion was that the CWG host would put up a decent show. That Delhi achieved a significant success has not at all surprised me a bit. Even the final medal tally of the host nation speaks well of the overall efforts of the host nation.

    Hats off to all the members of the participating nations, organizers of the Commonwealth Games, fans and media for their solidarity in making the CWG a success.

    Fine blog James. Thanks.

    Dr. Cajetan Coelho

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  • 137. At 4:28pm on 14 Oct 2010, Howla_sportsfan wrote:

    I commented on an article in the build up to the Commonwealth Games about poor facilities and how this could turn out to be a massive mistake. But.. just like the Olympics in Athens afew years ago, things got done just in time! Ive watch quite abit of the BBC's coverage and i have really enjoyed it. Yes its not as competative without the likes of the US, China and Russia but you do get to see more emerging prospects, medicore Athletes also get valuable experiance and confidence (any gold medal is a fantastic achievement!). The Indian people also seemed to embrace the games with fantastic support inside the stadiums. I really like the historical and tradional element of the Commonwealth games, good job India!

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  • 138. At 4:56pm on 14 Oct 2010, MarktheHorn wrote:

    Well there was no major trouble/problems and whilst crowds were low at the start the locals had some great moments to support!

    Lets be wary of criticising events before they happen..afterall we have our own big event coming up in 2012!

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  • 139. At 5:04pm on 14 Oct 2010, Pras_n_Srini wrote:

    At least it was not a total embarassment of the host-country winning ZERO golds (as happened at 1976 Montreal--even in EXHIBITION sports). Overall, all-ended-well so we can say all was well (reference to the old trite saying "all's well that ends well").

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  • 140. At 5:20pm on 14 Oct 2010, chuckjaeger wrote:

    I think a lot of the posts here are saying that India somehow redeemed themselves after running right up to the deadline. Everyone had low expectations and they then exceded these (low) expectations.

    I love India and think it is an amazing country so I don't want this coming across as anti-india or Asia but these games were a joke.

    It is unforgivable to have the concerns that surfaced days before the games in terms of structures collapsing, uninhabitable accommodation etc. I mean seriously, in what other realm is this acceptable?

    Empty seats at the beginning is also a joke, this is one of the most populace cities in the world, why was this so? It seems that the organisers where just changing things on the fly. When you compare it to the amazing spectacle and efficiency of China this really sheds India in a poor light (unfairly in my opinion compared to industry in India) and the organisers should be chastised as such. These really put them in the shop window.

    People who are on here saying "finally something positive from the BBC about the games", I personally think that this article is being overly positive and the reason for all the negativity previously is because of the hash up India made of it i.e In terms of organisation what positives where there?

    Games like these are a double edged sword and a chance for host country to really show what it can do on a public stage. For China it was scale, imagination, ruthless efficiency but it also highlighted at times the drawbacks of such an oppressive political machine which in a way dehumanised the experience. In India it showed that although it eventually delivered a games it was disorganised, lashed together, unprepared but eventually the glory, warmness and pride or the people was able to shine through.

    On this evidence the organisers should never work again and it was true Indians that salvaged this event.

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  • 141. At 5:39pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    where are SURREYBLOKE123 and KNOWLEDGE IS GOOD? I wonder why they disappeared suddenly

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  • 142. At 5:45pm on 14 Oct 2010, maint123 wrote:

    sitting on the fence mr. jaeger

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  • 143. At 5:49pm on 14 Oct 2010, kop-out wrote:

    Thrilled to see India prove the naysayers wrong. To be honest I was disgusted by the sense of condescension possibly masking jealousy at India's rising clout ahead of the games.

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  • 144. At 5:55pm on 14 Oct 2010, Saurabh wrote:

    As so many people have said, finally something positive about the games.. albeit hidden away in some obscure section of the BBC site while the negatives still dominate the main pages.

    BBC's lost a lot of goodwill and credibility thanks to its curiously biased coverage and it will take years to regain the same.

    We Indians have only ourselves to blame for the things that went wrong, but the good news is that things are changing, and are not as bad as they were made out to be. With the ponzi scheme societies of the west coming to the end of their economic prosperity cycle, the world of the future will certainly be a more equal place. I wonder if we'll be mature enough then to avoid taking digs at the many things wrong with the UK

    btw, jaeger - condescension is rather unbecoming.

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  • 145. At 5:55pm on 14 Oct 2010, maint123 wrote:

    when will the bbc come up to our expectations ..

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  • 146. At 5:58pm on 14 Oct 2010, Max wrote:

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  • 147. At 6:02pm on 14 Oct 2010, d8xter wrote:

    Delhi - yes, Indian people - yes, Indian politicians - god no, Indian media - dear god, NO.

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  • 148. At 6:03pm on 14 Oct 2010, pravingandhino1 wrote:

    James Pearce: CWG 2010 ends. I thank you and the BBC for your positive comment.
    We hope the English reporters return with fond memories. Unfortunately it has only been whine whine from them, as could be expected from a so-called developed country at seeing an upstart country trying to prove itself. Classically, the 3 stages – Rejection, Ridicule and Acceptance were manifested in their coverage and blogs.
    I will quote Oliver Goldsmith “FOOLS WHO CAME TO SCOFF REMAINED TO PRAY”
    Thank you
    Pravin Gandhi, Mumbai, India

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  • 149. At 6:04pm on 14 Oct 2010, G_K___ wrote:

    "It's my first visit here and it's been far better than I had expected. Maybe I, like some of the athletes who decided to stay away, had been too quick to believe some of the scare stories."


    LOL, no I think what happened is that you revised your expectations downward. Bridges collapsed, stuff fell apart, many athletes (especially swimmers) fell ill.

    But no-one died.

    Better than expected!

    I think the fact that a number of Indian respondents seem to take every factual criticism of the games organisation as some kind of national slight has caused the BBC - at the end of the day - to give the event organisers a shamefully easy ride. In fact they were a disgrace, and searching questions now need to be asked. Who is going to ask them?

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  • 150. At 6:11pm on 14 Oct 2010, Debapriya wrote:

    I wish the media was not as ruthless as it had been prior to the Games, and acted in a more constructive way rather than, for e.g., flashing those pictures of toilet, which in a way portrayed the entire games village as filthy, even though it might not have been true for majority areas of the village. We are here talking about a nations image, we are talking about a nation with 1.1 billion people. It was not only the foreign media, but equally or even worse was our own media, and they should be ashamed of what they have done to gain more TRP. I am delighted that India has successfully completed the games. Wish the people of India the very best, may this be the begining and the means for our aspiring sports person.

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  • 151. At 6:12pm on 14 Oct 2010, maint123 wrote:

    yes gk , we should believe the doctored bbc photos and your bridge's' comment rather than the athletes ,well done.

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  • 152. At 6:15pm on 14 Oct 2010, Saikrishna wrote:

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  • 153. At 6:15pm on 14 Oct 2010, pravingandhino1 wrote:

    Whine Whine. Wonder how you lived for over 100 years in lands where the sun never set on your empire?

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  • 154. At 6:23pm on 14 Oct 2010, G_K___ wrote:

    But on a final note, I must add that I very much agree with chuck above [140]. The Beijing games were a great example of organisation and efficiency, in sharp contrast to Delhi. But did I like the Beijing Games as much as I liked Delhi? No way! These games had immeasurably more heart and soul to them - which is something no amount of military-grade stagemanagement could ever replace. The Indian people ought to be very critical of the games organisers - but for sure, very proud of themselves.

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  • 155. At 6:27pm on 14 Oct 2010, maint123 wrote:

    gk my friend the days when India required validation from the likes of you are long gone , live with it.

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  • 156. At 6:30pm on 14 Oct 2010, Saikrishna wrote:

    There are indeed lot of questions to be answered. This does not mean that we should move away from appreciating the efforts of several organisers other than obvious ones. For example Mr.Bansi Kaul and several others who deserve wide applause for giving us a wonderful event.

    My fellow indians on this forum see conduct of games as a "successful demonstration of india's might". Its alright yaar, Lets get real. The BBC folks do not share same passion and see things differently. To them its just 'chaotically organised games'. Funnily, both views are right at the same time.

    They are not used to our way of doing things. They evaluate us by comparing us from the way they would have done it. Any body ever managed an indian team in India would understand the essentials of Indian ways of working. It looks like an earthfall even few minutes before the event, but nevertheless we manage success miraculously. CWG was a typical indian event.

    Guys, we represent a tolerant culture. Try to explain to them about our ways of doing things if you can, but do not take offence.

    Sorry for being so impolite and frank.

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  • 157. At 6:35pm on 14 Oct 2010, joseph wrote:

    Well the organisers failed initially,thats not countries fault, named and shame who ever is incharge of the games,instead BBC reporters targeted the country (I felt like)and the people. I heared a news about the performer's clothes not ready for the inaguration, but proved that was wrong.Who ever not participate the game, I will call them "Loosers". Any way I read a decent report this time. cant still understand why BBC showing only the negative sides of the indian people? seems they all live in slums. Everybody knows how india and the people, loosing my trust on BBC now.

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  • 158. At 6:36pm on 14 Oct 2010, Neo wrote:

    At last a positive news from bbc on delhi CWG.Thank you LORD this is a miracle.

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  • 159. At 6:39pm on 14 Oct 2010, G_K___ wrote:

    Maint123 [155] -

    "gk my friend the days when India required validation from the likes of you are long gone , live with it."


    Maint123 my friend, you have not the slightest idea what "the likes of me" is. And the fact that you believe you do just underlines what all your posts on this thread indicate - that your comments are based on prejudices existing in your own head, rather than on the facts of the situation.

    The days when India required validation from ANYONE have never existed in the first place.

    If we cannot bring ourselves to honestly criticise the failings that exist in our own back yard, then we are destined to forever repeat the mistakes and injustices of the past. I will not "live with" that - I will face up to the problems which exist, and try to make things better. I commend this course of action to yourself: it is much more fulfiling than constant chip-on-shoulder sniping at others.

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  • 160. At 6:48pm on 14 Oct 2010, Arulisms wrote:

    Bang on. It's very salutary to bear in mind that all the Indians posting on these threads are people who have internet access, and are thus already a very privileged elite.

    LOL from when did getting an internet connection become a symbol of privileged elite? You can get a broadband connection for $2 in India.

    My father was earning less than $75 per month, but that didnt stop me from getting a bachelor of technology degree in Tamilnadu's top universities, thanks to government scholarships and schools.

    I make what my dad made in a month in an hour now, and have my own company...thats a huge change. I am not alone,There are millions of people just like me in India.

    There is a saying in malayalam when translated "A dog can bark at the sun, but that doesn't going to stop sun from rising again, it only makes the dog lose it energy"

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  • 161. At 6:48pm on 14 Oct 2010, Giselle wrote:

    Well done India. Thoroughly enjoyed the Games. The negativity of the BBC, however, was continued by the highly irritating commentators, particularly Huw Weldon, on the closing show. He should learn some manners and not constantly interrupt the show's commentator, telling the audience about the entertainers. Unfortunately, as Weldon's comments finally got to me - I was getting so ENRAGED by him constantly "downing" everything with negativity and interrupting the show - that my friend and me had to turn off the TV one hour before the end of the show. Can I please suggest to the BBC that these pompous know-it-alls are not re-employed on a show such as this - at least unless their mouths are taped over and they are given a tickertape type machine to put their commentaries at the bottom of the screen!

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  • 162. At 7:05pm on 14 Oct 2010, fermin wrote:

    I would imagine Surreybloke123 has given up in despair at the way many people have failed to read the blogs and his posts properly.

    When any criticism, however minor, is viewed by too many as anti-India and derived entirely from an imperialist/racist outlook in the UK and other countries it is frankly ridiculous if not insulting. The presence of a few criticisms within a blog does not make the entire article negative, merely balanced. Deliberately ignoring things that have gone wrong or have not happened properly is not responsible and, in fact, would be patronising. For example, the athletes' village was in a poor state shortly before the games, but judging by the athletes' comments they were fine for the games. Would this have happened if everything had been swept under the carpet to avoid giving offence? Only you can answer that. Credit for sorting this and other things out at the last minute, but the organising committee should not have allowed things to get that way so close to the games.

    Overall I feel the coverage on this site has been largely positive (not negative) with genuine criticisms about some aspects of the organisation and sporting quality of some events. Saying that the athletics was not top quality is not anti-Indian it is fact and it does affect the level of interest the athletics attracts. However, none of this stopped the highlight of the games for the apparently anti-Indian BBC TV pundits being the Indian women winning the 4x400m and the electric atmosphere on that night.

    Many times I have had to reread the articles on here to double-check I have actually read the same one as the one that has been commented on by other posters. I watch the coverage on the TV and on here and wonder where is all this overwhelming negativity that others talk about. And what are all these complaints about the non-existent bias in the medal table or even the non-existent suppression of the medal table? Do you really think the BBC is that bothered about the fact that India was above England that it would falsify the tables? Look at this objectively and you will see how ridiculous all those medal table posts were.

    I do not think the CWG is really that big a deal for most people in the UK as many of the sports are ones that do not get much media coverage in the UK apart from, perhaps, athletics, swimming and cycling. Even if the coverage on here has been as relentlessly negative as some of you mistakenly think I doubt it has made any difference to the general perception of India, whatever that might be. Overall, I have enjoyed what I have seen of the CWG, which seems to have gone well despite the last-minute preparations. The main negative for me has been the many bizarre comments I have read on these blogs; I have certainly not got a negative view of India from the BBC coverage.

    No doubt there will be well-deserved criticisms about aspects of the organisation of the 2012 Olympics in due course (the logo has already been criticised) as well as things that happen during the games both from inside and outside the UK. I hope we will be able to take these on the chin and act upon them rather than give a kneejerk nationalistic viewpoint and blame media bias as many on here appear to do. After all, if it is OK for Indians to criticise the organising committee, I do not see why the rest of the world cannot.

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  • 163. At 7:08pm on 14 Oct 2010, RowlandC wrote:

    Thank God it's all over and we'll no longer have to read racist, blinkered bile from thin skinned die hards with a grudge, telling us all repeatedly that they don't care what we - the English/British/BBC/West Conspiracy - think of the Delhi Games. Well good then. Clearly you do or you wouldn't keep coming back to these boards.

    Anything bad gets these die-hards hopping up and down, anything good is taken as guilt, a tacit apology for some other slight, and not praise-worthy enough! It's a no win scenario with these guys... assuming you discount out and out propaganda.

    Some people have come to these boards to monopolise, loaded with the prejudice with which they accuse others. Amazing the nastiness normal, decent people can justify to themselves in the name of 'retaliation' isn't it? Especially safe behind a keyboard...

    It's a shame, because there have been so many interesting topics and threads to talk about... but as soon as the boards have gotten 'hot' with outrage, that's been the end of it.

    Idiots aside.... Delhi, thanks for the Games and best wishes for the Olympic bid down the road. Even if Glasgow is quietly confident it might manage the back-stage stuff better, it will have a job topping some of the Delhi Games' spectacular highs.

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  • 164. At 7:09pm on 14 Oct 2010, Pavan Bellamkonda wrote:

    I am following BBC since the start of the CWG. At last, I saw few positive comments from BBC about CWG.

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  • 165. At 7:27pm on 14 Oct 2010, risingstar wrote:

    There have been very negative comments in British media. While travelling last week in tube, The Evening Standard talked of infection in pool sympathising with their swimmers.

    That newspaper did not once publish the news that tests proved water was not polluted.

    It's a biased media over here with egg on their face all over. But then....


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  • 166. At 7:28pm on 14 Oct 2010, Nishant wrote:

    amidst all these sighs of relief that nothing untoward happened I wonder if the thousands who creamed off the contracts will ever be punished .. on one hand as an Indian I am thankful that there were no bombings, collapses, illnesses or anything during these 2 weeks on the other hand I really hope they don't forget to do a proper audit of everything here (though I won't bet on it) .. and James I wonder if you might get deputed for the cricket world cup .. at least you will get to see more of our country then haha

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  • 167. At 7:32pm on 14 Oct 2010, Chaswick wrote:

    James, not only did I find your article very informative I would like to take this opportunity to compliment the whole BBC Team for yet another excellent coverage of this important event. If anyone doubts if the money spent in bringing these international sporting events to our screens then I hope that the last two weeks have resolved those issues.
    Who needs rubbish reality shows when you can see real drama, guts and dedication in action.
    I often complain about the programmes that the entertainment part of the BBC throw at us, but once again the Sports team prove that they are keeping up the standards in broadcasting.
    The experience and valid comments of the commentators has been interesting and informative and the only signs of flagging occured during the Closing Ceremony, mainly during the officials patting each other on the back.
    Long may there be a Commonwealth Games for our sports people to show their worth and long may there be a BBC to show us the spectacle.
    PS - No I don't work for the BBC but they have done very well at all sorts of sporting events over the past fifty years that I have been watching.

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  • 168. At 7:56pm on 14 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Be proud India for this games. A few shakes at the start but you got there in the end. Unfortunately many on the beeb including some journos can be a bit curmudgeonly in their feedback. It's the weather - it makes them unnaturally miserable!

    Good start, be encouraged to pursue the legacy.

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  • 169. At 8:23pm on 14 Oct 2010, Chaswick wrote:

    It is sad to see all the negative comments about the problems running a massive project like the CWG. You only had to look at the faces of all the competitors to see what a great time they were having, especially the Para sports competitors as they were integrated into the whole event.
    Anyone who has taken part in organising any event, even a village fete will know that things will go wrong; it is how you rectify matters that reflect upon your organisation. Well done Delhi, well done India.
    I was particularly impressed with the Agra special train to allow the competitors to see the Taj Mahal (250 miles round trip, I think). I wonder if Glasgow will lay on a similar service to let their participants to visit Edinburgh Castle, which is impressive if not quite as beautiful?
    Hosting the CWG will benefit India as a whole because it will encourage tourism and as England is now reliant on a good tourist industry I can confirm that it is good for the economy.
    Finally as India was the sub-continent which taught the British Empire so many sports including Squash, Badminton and Polo why shouldn't they be proud of their athletes?
    It was great to see the spectators’ enthusiasm and I am sure that if the officials explained why they should be quiet at the start then they will respect that.
    As I stated previously I enjoyed seeing the sweat and tears that the dedicated sports men and women expended and bonus I got to hear the anthem of the Cayman Islands and a few other countries that normally don't get a look in at the Olympics. I did not realise that there were so many ladies from the Women's Institute participating though!

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  • 170. At 8:31pm on 14 Oct 2010, Varun Shetty wrote:

    OMG!!! BBC hailing Delhi Games, Do we Indians really care about unprofessional British media???

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  • 171. At 8:53pm on 14 Oct 2010, Roxy wrote:

    Number 100 happypineapple - Well said, I too am an Indian and being born and bred in the UK faced racism throughout my life, felt embarrassed to go anywhere for being Indian, when asked where my parents came from made to feel dirty and smelly.

    India has come a long way and about time too, I congratulate Mamohan Singh for being present at the CWG and showing his support for India and her people around the world. India is an up and coming super-power in 10 years we are looking at the British forcing themselves to bend over backwards for us. The BBC will no longer to reporting utter tripe about the poor, Hollywood celebs will be there adopting orphans watch it happen.

    Indians should stand shoulder to shoulder and treat each other as fellow Indians and look to a bright and prosperous India making us Indians proud. The old mentality must end here for we have our country becoming a super power and that country represents all Indians around the world even those born abroad because our genetics come from there. We must stand together and hopefully standing up for each other on the racist streets of britain from what I encounter from the indigenous on most days when they do not give up their seats for our women because we are 'ladies'.

    As for the british media who only put India down, yes I agree Karma has done her bit and england beaten on PENALTIES by the Indians absolutely priceless and worth every moment of our triumph and glory. May India have more future glory and success to come, I just wondering which one will dump whom first to knock on India's door....england or the US????

    Well Done India thank you for a fantastic outstanding performance with lots of colour, culture and for making us Indians proud to be a part of India and proud of our skin colour, no more will I stand for being pushed around by anyone. We beat england and have glory and we will do better much better next time, India will improve but it will take time, but improve she will, long may she reign and make the Kohinoor look like nothing more than a small worthless stone.

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  • 172. At 9:01pm on 14 Oct 2010, Roxy wrote:

    170. At 8:31pm on 14 Oct 2010, Varun Shetty wrote:
    OMG!!! BBC hailing Delhi Games, Do we Indians really care about unprofessional British media???
    We have beaten england on penalties and won more GOLD MEDALS than england, glory is ours and the taste of it is soooooo sweeeetttt worth every moment. No we don't care about the british media now they want us on their side for all the nasty racist unpleasant things they said about Delhi and putting the world off. India showed her wrath over Ms Dixit's surname, India pulled in NZ and demanded an apology about time too. We Indians have faced enough racism and kicking about in oz or in nz for being brown, enough is enough. The media is to blame for every nasty unpleasant thing said about India, now they are just seeing the tip of the iceberg of Indian super power they (british media) need us, we do not need them because our country is moving to a prosperous country, yes I said 'our country' because India represents my skin colour and I am so proud of her today I shall wear an India top in the UK and wear it with pride from now on.

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  • 173. At 9:06pm on 14 Oct 2010, Roxy wrote:

    165. At 7:27pm on 14 Oct 2010, silveryashkul wrote:
    There have been very negative comments in British media. While travelling last week in tube, The Evening Standard talked of infection in pool sympathising with their swimmers.

    That newspaper did not once publish the news that tests proved water was not polluted.

    It's a biased media over here with egg on their face all over. But then....

    Well said, yes the water was checked but as usual the british media refused to hi-light it. Was the royal family polluted whilst their stay out there? Egg on their face? I think they will get more on their face yet after all their own PM ran to us asking US to get THEM out of recession, the british have never liked Indians doing well after taking from us, now we have the GLORY hold your heads up high and be proud of being an Indian, go out to the pub celebrate and wear your India Tops the way we have to see england footie supporters shouting derogatory remarks at us when the World Cup is on!

    The World watched India and she put herself up there in SECOND place I bow down to her on my knee's she is a super star waiting to shine some more.


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  • 174. At 9:11pm on 14 Oct 2010, Roxy wrote:

    @ 150 - Do not worry my friend we will pretty much own the british media soon anyway!

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  • 175. At 9:14pm on 14 Oct 2010, sandip wrote:

    Many Thanks James. It seems to be unbelievable that BBC hailing Delhi!!

    It was damn embarrassing when media from all over the world critisizing India. But now I am feeling great after this succesfull arrangement.

    It was the great event.

    A Proud Indian
    Sandip Bhalerao

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  • 176. At 9:14pm on 14 Oct 2010, Roxy wrote:

    99. At 1:09pm on 14 Oct 2010, RahulC wrote:
    There are some things WESTERN MEDIA (BBC, which carries the batton), cant buy
    Beating England in the medals tally on the final day and that too keeping them under from the very early days. Priceless!!!
    And beating england on Penalties LOL we have the Glory doesn't it taste sweet?

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  • 177. At 9:20pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    Sorry for using your blog to write this James, Delhi;s top 10 memorable report suggests that you guys lost your brain and thinking process to come up with such an outrageous report. This shows that BBC has certainly came to these games with a "pre-mind set of anti-India". To be honest, since last week I feel like throwing up whenever I watch BBC on TV. shame on you for doing such a tasteless reports. Tell me, don't you think there were much better memorable moments from these games? If those toilets were your "memorable moment", I think you have to see a doctor.

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  • 178. At 9:23pm on 14 Oct 2010, Roxy wrote:

    Sorry, erm no actually I am not sorry, british media and her people here it is.......

    nah nah naaaaah nah nah naaaah

    nah nah nah nah naaaah

    nah nah naaaaah nah nah naaaah

    nah nah nah nah naaaah

    vindaloo vindaloo vindaloo

    vindaloo vindaloo vindaloooooo

    weeeee're gonna scoooooore one mooooooore than yoooooou..............INDIA!!!!

    Now I feel gooood how about you BBC?

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  • 179. At 9:24pm on 14 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    look at the crazy assusies, damaging the their part of the village!! ha ha ha worse than the british

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  • 180. At 10:35pm on 14 Oct 2010, weldone-india wrote:

    BBC read this and tell the whole world now .. come onnn

    NEW DELHI: At the top of the medal tally and the undisputed champions of the Commonwealth Games, the Australian team, sadly didn't show any sporting spirit when their cricket team lost the Test series to India on Wednesday.

    Enraged by the humiliating loss, some athletes, according to highly-placed sources in Delhi Police, went berserk, destroying electrical fittings and furniture in their tower in the Games Village on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Not just that, policemen posted there say they also shouted slogans against batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar, who played a pivotal role in ensuring India's victory in the Bangalore match, and flung a washing machine down from the eighth floor of their tower.

    Their hooliganism started on Tuesday when Sachin scored a double century. "The house-keeping staff tried to stop them but to no avail," said a senior police officer handling security inside the Village. Stunned by the little master's stellar performance, they first damaged electrical fittings and fixtures in their block.

    On Wednesday, when India brownwashed Australian 2-0 to keep the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Australian athletes reportedly threw a washing machine down from the eighth floor, said a senior officer. Mercifully, no one was injured.

    Delhi Police, which received a complaint about this vandalism, tried to downplay the incidents to prevent them from snowballing into a diplomatic embarrassment for Australia.

    On reports that some Australian athletes went berserk inside the Games Village after their cricket team lost the Test series to India, a senior officer posted there said that they have not received any complaints from Organising Committee (OC) which owns the property inside the Games Village. "Therefore, we have not registered any case," said a senior police officer.

    Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said: "No complaint has been received. We have found a broken washing machine from the block where the athletes were staying. We are trying to establish as to how the machine reached there."

    OC officials didn't pursue the matter. "We have not given any complaint and the matter has been sorted out after discussion with the Australian chef-de-mission," said an official. When asked whether the Australian athletes have tendered any apology, he declined any comment

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  • 181. At 00:08am on 15 Oct 2010, mightydeceaser wrote:

    "Bang on. It's very salutary to bear in mind that all the Indians posting on these threads are people who have internet access, and are thus already a very privileged elite. Many of them are quick to tell us blithely to "concentrate on the positives". They would probably say the same to the starving beggars they pass every day on their way to work, if they chanced to stop for a chat."
    well said g_k.
    the posts by many indian bloggers on here are disgraceful. you are simply highlighting your elitist, racist attitude and extremely immature mindset. when you finally have the courage to step out of your 'privileged' indian middle-class existence and visit the rest of the world you will realise how backward your attitudes are...or maybe not. grow up

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  • 182. At 00:44am on 15 Oct 2010, mightydeceaser wrote:
    and you say that the BBC is sensationalist and biased??? ffs the TOI is worse than any English tabloid. if i were as thin-skinned as most indians i would say this is yet another anti-Australian conspiracy, probably written by the TOI to make them feel better about being comprehensively destroyed in the CWG sporting arena (in their own backyard)by the Australians - whom they are jealous of and hate in equal measure. how terribly insecure for a "superpower" (RFOL) to resort to such pettiness. you can't have it both ways my friend - although perhaps as a "special", entitled, powerful middle-class indian you can. that is what we in the west call hypocrisy. a word that doesn't seem to be in the indian vernacular though, a bit like gracious and humble........cue racist/elitist /immature retorts.

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  • 183. At 00:57am on 15 Oct 2010, RandomArbiter wrote:

    The Delhi Games were given more respect and were forgiven far more on its faults than the Beijing Games, despite the latter trouncing on quality in every respect.

    I suppose the latter should have played the race card, then it would have had some positive treatment too.

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  • 184. At 01:01am on 15 Oct 2010, Gurvinder wrote:

    Action speaks better then words. The things are done , the results are there. Now it's up to individuals to pick positive out of it or keep on complaining for issues those are going to stay till the end of this world...Hope the word enjoyed the event .. BTW One learning for me out of this event " We humans like snacks ( spicy news) then desert( good news ) ". :-).

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  • 185. At 01:15am on 15 Oct 2010, RandomArbiter wrote:


    If you were born and bred in Britain, you are British. Your diatribe essentially shows the same disloyalty to the country as Muslims who fight in the name of Allah do - "your country" is NOT India.

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  • 186. At 01:42am on 15 Oct 2010, Delhites wrote:

    I wonder why a nation of 1.2 billion seeks approval from others on the success of the game. If we believe it is successful, it is successful and world will say that soon. We have free media and know the state of events,we review and criticise the things openly and also appreciate true achievements. Now at the end when we believe that CWG in Delhi is resounding success, it is the case, trust me (rather us). An economy marching at near 10% with a billion people and half of them in most productive age group, we are a force to reckon. It is their turn to listen to us now [with rapt silence]. The various useless advice /judgement from BBC and other western media and their guarded acknowledgement of success therefore should not perturb us. It is natural for them to get into the state of denial, it is hard on them to accept and embrace it openly and we must be patient with them.

    Therefore to my fellow Indians, you should feel proud of the event. Pause and look around you, Delhi has changed so much in last five years, shiny broad roads, world class airport, metro, malls, and fabulous game venues. If half of what we did in terms of infrastructure is needed for London to host Olympic 2012, it will be a foregone failure. So when they say they are ahead of schedule, they are dealing in 10-15% of what we did for CWG. No big Deal! Look at it this way, if whole of Delhi with its population and vehicle is shifted to London for a day [when they say they are all ready], their system will collapse in matter of hours. They are dealing with much lower scale than us while hosting 2012 Olympic and I am sure they will still falter. It is not their fault, therefore, when they cribbed during the run-up to games. For them cleaning up the village in a week or putting back the bridge in four days is unheard of.

    So cheer up and enjoy the success.

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  • 187. At 02:06am on 15 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    well said #186..i am going to miss this commonwealth was fabulous and simply superb, despite the inital (way too much) negative reporting by western media.

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  • 188. At 02:26am on 15 Oct 2010, mightydeceaser wrote:

    @171 Roxy
    if you hate England so much, why do you keep living there? especially as you claim India as your country. why do you not move there and acually support "your" country?
    @187 Jack123 "..i am going to miss this commonwealth was fabulous and simply superb, despite the inital (way too much) negative reporting by western media."
    you've changed your tune pretty quickly. on previous BBC blogs you had derided the CWG as outdated, racist and useless. now they are fabulous, simply superb and you are going to miss them?? why is this?

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  • 189. At 02:47am on 15 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    @mightydeceaser "you've changed your tune pretty quickly. on previous BBC blogs you had derided the CWG as outdated, racist and useless"
    really? did i write that CWG as outdated, racist and useless?? I think you didn't read my comments properly. All my comments were supportive of India and CWG (as always). I did mentioned the word "outdated" for the links pasted by your british folks about Indian system. read my comments properly before you comment.

    I don't see knowledge is good and surrybloke.....did they burry their head in a sand or what???

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  • 190. At 02:47am on 15 Oct 2010, Mick wrote:

    @140 Chuckjaeger

    The only aspect of this CWG which was a joke is the negative and prejudiced reporting of the Western media led by the BBC. THe games were highly succesful from the 3rd-14th Oct and that is how they should be viewed.

    The Western media's pathetic coverage reflects the irreversible social,moral,cultural and economic decline in those countries.

    @162 fermin
    "Overall I feel the coverage on this site has been largely positive (not negative) with genuine criticisms about some aspects of the organisation and sporting quality of some events."

    This is absolutely and patently false.We know when a criticism is positive or prejudiced.We also know when the motive is devious and when it is genuine.We also know when the agenda is malicious and when the intentions are cruel.

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  • 191. At 02:55am on 15 Oct 2010, Proud_Indian wrote:

    :) I feel happy that at least someone is saying something positive about India. We have problems of infrastructure and corruption but we have come far in the last 63 years, no one can deny that.

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  • 192. At 03:01am on 15 Oct 2010, Mick wrote:

    @ 185 RandomArbitor

    If you had treated your ethnic minorities with some respect and honour,Roxy would't be ranting like this.It is absolutely true what Roxy says that inspite of being born n bred in Britain they have been illtreated by the majority population and that is why they have no loyalty to Britain.You and the likes of yours are responsible for this.

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  • 193. At 03:08am on 15 Oct 2010, mightydeceaser wrote:

    @Jack123 "really? did i write that CWG as outdated, racist and useless??"
    yes you did. i read your comments and those of your fellow Indian posters very carefully. i am/was interested in the mindset and attitudes of modern India and its citizens, esp. as India is now "superpower". yes, your comments were always supportive of India but not of the Commonwealth or the CWG.

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  • 194. At 04:22am on 15 Oct 2010, sam wrote:

    Dear All
    It was well organised event for Delhi and India.Enjoy the game the spirit ,culture and the food. Media is always biased thats how they justify their salary and existence.For the BBC we British dont like them as its run with forced, unjistifed public money fleeced from the public in the name of TV licence.Dear Indians please dont take the BBC seriouly. Only the BBC staff does as its a cash cow at the expence to the British Public.Its high time these journalist pay for their own journey.Making false allegations at everthing they see or anything that exist.

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  • 195. At 05:17am on 15 Oct 2010, Jitendra wrote:

    Hi James Pearce,

    Firstly, Very reasonable valuation and THANKS for your balanced view.

    I also took a SPECIAL NOTE of the following sentense in your article:

    *** People acknowledged that, as Mr Kulmadi said when I spoke to him, "A Third World Games would present unique challenges." ***

    If that is true, will add one more person who is an approximately same mentality as Mr. Kulmadi. He is working with BBC itself in economy reporting. Mr. Sudip Biswas. A perpetual pessimist !!

    But despite these minority, the street level person is very optimistic and hardworking.

    Once again, thanks for your very reasonable and balanced valuation of the arrangements at CWG 2010.

    And one more thing, I will keep on visiting your blog more frequently in future as well.

    Best regards,


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  • 196. At 05:36am on 15 Oct 2010, Nitesh Chauhan wrote:

    To start off with, I think that the Commonwealth Games are just too old to be celebrated. I mean, what are we celebrating? The fact that we were all once a part of the British empire? Secondly, I completely agree with the article. India should get more chances to hold such major events on an international level. I really don't blame people who were not expecting a lot, especially considering the fact that the 1982 Asian games was the last major sporting event India ever hosted. Nobody was expecting wonders, but overall, a good job done!

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  • 197. At 05:43am on 15 Oct 2010, Jitendra wrote:

    In my last comment (#195), there was one error.
    The pessimist I wrongly spelt:
    as "Mr. Sudip Biswas".
    But I really meant is Mr. Soutik Biswas.

    My apologies for technical error. and now correcting it.

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  • 198. At 06:22am on 15 Oct 2010, Sunitha wrote:

    I would also appreciate if you would judge our guests...

    Were the athletes gracious towards their hosts?

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  • 199. At 06:27am on 15 Oct 2010, ab2871982 wrote:

    For everyone who criticise india should check out the article below.

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  • 200. At 07:03am on 15 Oct 2010, dikshant wrote:


    WE INDIAN BELIEVE GUESTS IS GOD... (atithi devo bhava)

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  • 201. At 07:11am on 15 Oct 2010, Dilliwala wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 202. At 07:15am on 15 Oct 2010, Anton wrote:

    The Glasgow segment in the closing ceremony was very bizarre.

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  • 203. At 07:19am on 15 Oct 2010, sche_sky wrote:

    thank you so was an honor to host the games.we loved everyday of it,such spirit,such love,such faith,have all the participating nations shown in us.thank you for making it a success a 'friendship of nations'.
    i will miss it a lot.India did awesome.thank you again.i love my country you guys.

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  • 204. At 07:19am on 15 Oct 2010, Dushyant Singh Panwar wrote:

    We all fall prey to pre-conceived notions, don't we? For years India was a land of snake charmers in the eyes of the western world. I am very happy and proud as an Indian that we as a country have put up a stunning display at Delhi CWG. Along the way we demolished archaic stereotypes and shibboleths. Perhaps, the world and many Indians too, underestimated the Indian might. It was heartening to see India pip England to the second position on the very last day. I think these games gave a platform for the hitherto anonymous Indian sports-person,who came to the games unknown but left it in a blaze of glory. For a change cricket didn't hog the limelight,and the sweat and toil of many unsung heroes and heroines bore fruit.Bravo India!

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  • 205. At 07:33am on 15 Oct 2010, Jasper wrote:

    You have been unfair in your commentary for Delhi games.

    You say you have seen a number of previous such games. But You have not seen such big games in a developing country like India. So you have no such experience and your comments are unfair or perhaps biased to please your bosses.

    India had some teething problems but you made a mountain out of a mole hill.

    You can't expect the same cushy athletics for which the western nations are used to as any where else in the world. If that were the case then the western nations can not call them selves as world class or gold medal winner in the world. Regards

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  • 206. At 07:45am on 15 Oct 2010, Kaustav wrote:

    At last you finally admitted the Games were a success. Its really like a fresh air after so much of negativity.

    @ Varun, happypineapple, Jack123...I fully support all of yours views. It is true that we still give too much values to Western views. The fact is that whole Asia is emerging and doing much matter than Europe, which almost lost significance in international affairs.

    @Jugganuat, hizento....same stereotype view about India consisting of poverty and slums. You guys plz wake up. Stop seeing India of 50's and 60's. It is a emerging country of 21'st century. Spending tickets on these events is not a big deal for Indian middle class. Even some of Dharabi's slum dwellers can spend more than us..
    So just wish good luck for India's performance in London 2012

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  • 207. At 10:56am on 15 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #170 Varun - apparently you do!

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  • 208. At 11:01am on 15 Oct 2010, Oz cric wrote:

    well done overall. A few little annoying things but nothing that could not be overcome. Was a little disappointed that the Indian fans deserted the stadium during the mens hockey. they still won a silver and the right thing to do would have been to stay until end. Great closing ceremony. enjoyed watching it. Looking forward to London and Scotland games

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  • 209. At 11:02am on 15 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #180 - hilarious

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  • 210. At 11:17am on 15 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    Kaustav - on your first point don't you think it a paradox that you are discussing these issues on the BBC web-site? I suspect there is actually a deference to Western media, rightly or wrongly, probably a bit of both to be honest. Its a colonial mindest passed on, particularly in the middle classes - nothing to be ashamed in itself, we are all victims of our past - but awareness and acceptance that it is a factor is a start in achieving healthy change.

    Everything Western is not wrong but there are some issues that definitely are, and indeed are designed to keep the developing world in a position of relative servitude. These issues need to be addressed but blanket condemnation of everything Western doesn't help either party. For sure, there IS a lot wrong with India as well although this is clearly not the time to mention it.

    Not that you need my say so, but enjoy your moment of glory (in the cricket as well!) but use it to build confidence as a nation not to prove to the West that you are better than them as that reinforces the mindset that you need to measure yourselves against the West. I thought India beating England on penalties was indeed hilarious though (speaking as a Scot!).

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  • 211. At 11:19am on 15 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #182 If you say so MightyDeceaser lol. Its very much consistent with many of the aussies I have met. Sore losers!

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  • 212. At 11:26am on 15 Oct 2010, United Dreamer wrote:

    #185 I was born and bred in England of Scottish parents and I am quite happy picking holes in the thin skinned English psyche. And I support Scotland in all sports however rubbish we are! You took us over - deal with the consequences;)

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  • 213. At 11:42am on 15 Oct 2010, vinod wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 214. At 12:20pm on 15 Oct 2010, Kaustav wrote:

    @United Dreamer: Being a researcher in the field of International relations, I need to be up-to-date myself thorough these Western Media whether I like them or not. My point is that for Indians there is no need to convince some adamant Westerners by giving explanations and justifications about our deeds. I am not saying everything Western is bad, we can learn lots of things from them (May be more from Americans rather than British). Even my country is not perfect having lots of drawbacks. But still we are trying and doing good in all fields. The problem started because some of the so-called middle powers of West did not like the idea of hosting a mega event by an emerging developing country India. There was so much of discouragement, negativity that really affected the spirit of people and the games. Most of the comments and reporting here focused on negative stories where as there were so many positive stories to tell. They reflected the same stereotype views on India consisting of poverty, hunger, slums. the fact is that there is a other part of India too, which is consists of highly educated professionals, vibrant economy, Shopping-Malls, fly overs, world class infrastructure etc. It seems West not interested in that aspect of India. (I am not surprised before the live telecast of Opening Ceremony in BBC sports they showed more cows and narrow roads rather than new changes in Delhi like Metro, fly overs). You need to accept that we are doing good in every field despite so much of difference and diversity and CWG 2010 is an example of new emerging India.
    One thing I am really proud is that we are culturally rich, vibrant and diverse.
    At last, cricket is over hyped in our country. Cricketers enjoy the status of a film stars. They already had enough attention, publicity. Their hands are full with golds, brand endorsements, TV shows. Now it is the moment of Indian athletes and other sports. Do you know the background of Sushil Kumar, Krishna Punnia (Gold medalists in Wrestling, Discuss throw) and some others? These kind of sports persons should get exposure, should be praised. CWG 2010 certainly did that.

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  • 215. At 5:32pm on 15 Oct 2010, Rup Chaudhuri wrote:

    Regarding CWG 2010 reporting by BBC I have noticed one odd tendency on their part. It was true to report, as they did, that the athletes' lodging facilities were awfully unclean not too far from the start of the game. So, perhaps, was one odd swimming pool or two. You have pointed it out in graphic details and let the whole world know about it. Okay. Fine. But, tell me why you have to keep showing the same old "dirlty pictures" over and over again, till almost the end of the game. What have you done to tell the whole world that what actually was offered to the athletes were of eminently acceptable hygienic and comfort standard. What sort of objective journalism is that, I ask. If you had difficulty in showing the end result in pictures and videos, you could, alteast, stop continuing to show, ad nauseam, the same old "dirty pictures", no?

    Will you take note of this, at least for future?

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  • 216. At 5:54pm on 15 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    mightydeceaser, whatever dude. I support my country and the games...whether you like it or not. My country comes first to me. I thoroughly enjoyed these games, especially when it was hosted by my country. I did pint point the flaws in the previous commonwealth, which did not justify my view about these games. They will and always be good. If you want to understand the mindset of modern India, go to India.

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  • 217. At 6:38pm on 15 Oct 2010, asha wrote:

    Well done, India! The games were well staged and India pipped England to second place!
    Fantastic athletes villages, they had en suite toilets whereas at Manchester games they shared 1 to 5 athletes. It is very easy to moan and complain. Lets see what Glasgow does. We expect it to be 100 times better. Lot of expectation from London 2012 as well. UK, show us how to do it perfectly, no delay, no problems, packed venues, no security issues! We are waiting for these perfect games.

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  • 218. At 7:12pm on 15 Oct 2010, Jack123 wrote:

    well said asha

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  • 219. At 1:18pm on 16 Oct 2010, MANISH wrote:

    A very good article.

    "First impression is the last impression". Organizing Committee has learnt it's lesson. It is the mismanagement in the begining which resulted in negative reaction from national and international media including top athletes all over the world.

    But those who had shown faith, had the experience of lifetime. There will hardly be anyone who haven't praised the arrangements at the end.

    Thanks to all the participating nations for their support.

    New Delhi INDIA

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  • 220. At 2:11pm on 17 Oct 2010, Sudhir Bisht wrote:

    5 Things I liked About Suresh Kalmadi

    So the Commonwealth games have been concluded. Even the most vociferous opponents of CWG would say that games have been stupendously successful, with the Honorable exception of Mani Shankar Aiyar of course.
    A few days before the games began, the collective heart of the nation had begun to sink, with the not-so- honorable exception of Suresh Kalmadi. Everyone thought that the country would not be able to host the games on time or worse that the games would be cancelled. In the rumble and tumble of all this we had to have a CWG villain. It was Suresh’s destiny that he was the chosen one.
    I remember the taunts that greeted Suresh each time he stood up to say something during the Opening ceremony. The intensity of all the jeers and the boos had even increased by the time it was time for the closing ceremony. For all Indians, from Kargil to Kanya Kumari, the Villian number One of CWG was Suresh Kalmadi.
    A small school girl even told me that the alphabets that make up the name “Suresh Kalmadi” can be reorganized to read “Sir u made lacs”
    Small girl. She was thinking of lacs in the times when crores are becoming insignificant.
    But this article is not about deriding Suresh Kalmadi. It is about looking at the positive side of the man who in spite of being so much ridiculed stood firm amidst all the brickbats and remained there till the CWG were finally over. I find 5 great qualities about Suresh which are worth emulating
    Not Losing sight of the objective in severely adverse conditions:
    Let there be no doubt in any one’s mind that if there were no Suresh, there would have been no Delhi 2010 games.There has been much opposition to the games right from the time India made a bid for the games. Most Indians didn’t want it and many said that Commonwealth games have no significance in the world of sports.
    Even the one-time Sports Minister didn’t want it. Suresh had to bring games to India by working with two different regimes. He worked through the maze of bureaucrats who held sway during the Vajpayee regime and the Congress regime. I give FULL marks to Suresh for bringing the games to Delhi.

    2.Taking full blame to avert witch-hunting in the interest of the games:
    Suresh knew that every big project which involves the prestige of the nation must have a ready-made “fall guy” in place. That the CWG village wasn’t delivered on time wasn’t Suresh’s esponsibility at all. It was the responsibility of the Lt. Governor’s office. Suresh’s job was to organize the games and he and his team did it to perfection. A lesser mortal could have fought the media and turned the table on to the LG’s office for all the ills that affected the village but Suresh largely kept quite. He didn’t open the can of worms and took full blame on himself. This sense of sacrifice for the sake of Games is worth appreciatin

    3.Standing by his team:
    Suresh Kalmadi was never the sole foot soldier of the large organization that was responsible for the organization of the game. He was rather the General of the Army called Indian Olympics Association (IOA). The Association is packed with powerful politicians like the Vice- President in the person of Vijay Kumar Malhotra who were also involved with the CWG. When Suresh Kalmadi was under attack, never did he pass the buck to his team. He stood by them and gave them encouragement to stand firm in their resolve to give an outstanding game to the world

    4.Braving the media onslaught with dignity:
    The amount of indignity that was heaped on Suresh when a footbridge fell near the village is unimaginable. Even the Top dog at Union Carbide wasn’t subjected to so much of outrage for the Bhopal gas tragedy. A lesser mortal would have fled the scene but Suresh stood firm (except for a brief period of two days when he went incommunicado) and handled media with aplomb. He didn’t shout back at media men who were cornering him without checking out if the failures that were being attributed to him were really in his scope of work or not. I give kudos to Suresh for that. He displayed composure and was unruffled by the wild attack. The only thing for which perhaps he wasn’t attacked was the monsoon. We thank our responsible media men for this courtesy

    5. For keeping the Olympic dream alive:
    There are some watershed events in the life of a nation which change the way the world perceives that nation.
    The hosting of Football World Cup by South Africa changed the perception of entire Africa. The much maligned “continent of darkness” delivered an excellent football tournament. This is how the developed nations viewed the event. It gave hope to the world and courage to the Africans to dream bigger.
    Similarly the way the Chilean government responded to save the lives of 30 something miners gave a fresh perspective of how much Chile cherishes the lives of its poor miners. It also showed how meticulously the South American country can respond to disastrous situations.
    Hosting of CWG will go down as a major milestone in the history of India. India hosted an outstanding event amidst clouds of doubts and visions of uncertainty.
    Suresh Kalmadi has an Olympic dream. He wants India to host Olympics. He is single minded in his pursuit and is focused in his mission. His strategy was to host a comparatively smaller event and go hammer and tongs at the Olympic mission. I like his strategy and would be happy if he succeeds.
    In conclusion I want to make a confession. I absolutely hated Suresh Kalmadi before the CWG. I also thought he was the quintessential “Politician-Sports administrator “ who saw sports as yet another avenue to grow the political clout and may be to make money at the expense of sports. My mind is struggling to let go that image but I give Suresh a Thumbs up for his conduct which displayed his basic leadership traits- of being brave when confronted by the frenzied mob and for remaining stolid when letting out the emotions would have upset the applecart.

    Sudhir Bisht is a freelance writer. [Personal details removed by Moderator]

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  • 221. At 3:48pm on 17 Oct 2010, free_verse wrote:

    @Sudhir Bisht

    You are so accurate in your analysis. Suresh Kalmadi and OC had a limited mandate as far as the Games and concerned and even ASSUMING there was corruption in the OC, the larger share of the blame should definitely lie on other agencies such as MCD, CPWD, NDMC, Sports Ministry and even the Chief Minister herself. The latter were all entrusted with the most vital part, getting the venues and Village ready. The media in India has been trying to nail Kalmadi and Kalmadi only, which is a real pity because he is clearly being made a scapegoat for the shortcomings of the Congress govt. and municipality agencies.
    Now that the Games have been a success, the Government (including Shiela Dikshit) are clamouring to take credit for it and publicly "snubbing" Kalmadi. It's unfortunate that the media is pandering the these cheap tactics of the government. Kalmadi is being hanged without a trial solely because the public opinion is against him and the government wants to have nothing to do with him.

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  • 222. At 6:32pm on 17 Oct 2010, Ankit Khandelwal wrote:

    I have just four words for you- Thank You & Jai Hind!!

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  • 223. At 7:12pm on 17 Oct 2010, san1983 wrote:

    After so many years this is easy for us to guess you will write this. But still we believe we can improve. Please just don't act like still you are ruling the world.

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