India must learn valuable lessons
Sorry, but the level of organisation at these Games has not been acceptable, and somebody has to say it.
I've said all along that India has the right to host the Commonwealth Games. I've been really positive about the Indian people and their openness, and negative about the west's squeamishness around heat, poverty and the third world element of a country they once ruled.
Athletes who are here were right to come to India and most have. No doubt their lives have been enriched in the process, as mine has.
Those who stayed away missed out on the must culturally diverse sporting event I have ever attended.
But India is learning a lesson here. It has to do better than this if it wants to put on international competitions.
I've heard a lot about new India being let down by old India, and I think that's right. India needs to harness its business brains to get out of this logistical, bureaucratic, tangled mess.
Delhi's hosting of the Commonwealth Games has generated controversy
You and I know that some Indian corporations own British businesses because, frankly, they make money and we don't. Why haven't these games reflected that?
Here is what I have seen with my own eyes: bird droppings on the swimming starting blocks when I went poolside after the first day's competition. Journalists shouting in frustration at officialdom while trying to get to the person in charge as the person they talked to promises action and a report "tomorrow".
There are endless delays getting in and out of venues though things are getting better.
As I write this, most seats at most venues are empty as the spectator contribution to this major competition wasn't planned, and the track was still dirty after the opening ceremony.
Jonathan Edwards, a member of the London 2012 board, raised serious concerns describing it as "beyond anything that I imagined", and our radio broadcast lines and then power went down as some finals took place in the pool.
It's a political point and not a sporting one but, in my opinion, it's unacceptable to have policemen with big, leather-handled sticks patrolling a peaceful crowd at an opening ceremony.
Add to that these things: Allegations of corruption, the most senior official saying that Lady Di had attended the opening ceremony, the athletes' accommodation not being ready and country officials having to clean them, the scales not working at boxing, the scoreboard falling down at rugby, a bridge falling down outside the main stadium, broadcasters not knowing if they are getting their helicopters up in the air to cover the marathon, athletes calling home to find out if they qualified from races, and diving board heights being queried.
Listen; these games were seven years in the planning!
Frankly, despite all this, there is an over-riding desire by the international media to be positive and to be seen to be behind the Games.
To all of you who are proud Indians and think I am being negative, let me say two things: I have friends in Glasgow who are businessmen of Indian descent and they are efficiency personified, and many of the Indian journalists feel very, very let down.
And, trust me, if just one of the things which went wrong here in Delhi happen in London in 2012, or Glasgow in 2014, there will be a major government investigation.
It is, actually, a structural problem rooted in the old, rigid, slow moving, bureaucratic systems that India put in place since independence 60 years ago.
Despite all this I am positive and uplifted by the people and see that when inspirational men and women are involved then these problems aren't reflective of India.
It's time for new India to take over as a nation learns a big lesson.
Perhaps, just perhaps, these Games will be one of the best things ever to have happened in this extraordinary part of the world.