The business of… the Delhi Commonwealth Games
With the event set to begin in just a few days, Kipp takes a closer look at the allegations of corruption, bureaucracy and nepotism surrounding the Games.
September 29, 2010 4:06 by shafeer
Despite the staunch promises of delivering nothing but the best, the lead up to the games has been coupled with reports of break down, corruption, chaos and controversy. Athletes who moved into the Games Village have reported the living quarters to be unsafe to reside in, claiming there is loose wiring, leaky air conditioning units, unfinished kitchens and missing railings on the balconies.
In fact South Africa’s high commissioner to India, Harris Majeke told The Times of India that a snake had been found in the room of an athlete at the Games Village: “That was a threat to the lives of our athletes. [It is] very disappointing.’’ Echoes of Majeke’s allegations could be heard a few days later when reports emerged that a fully grown four foot cobra had harmlessly slid into the RK Khanna tennis stadium.
And it doesn’t end there. The complaints of shoddy infrastructure are unfortunately not limited to the construction of the unfinished accommodation. Barely a week ago, police said 23 labourers were injured as a foot bridge being built near the main Games venue collapsed and soon after chunks of a false ceiling fell at the weight lifting section of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium
What’s more, fears of the mosquito-borne disease of dengue are particularly high in Delhi now. The disease generally afflicts many in Delhi every September and October, but numbers of those affected has been unusually high this year with at least 1,000 cases so far. India’s newspapers have blamed water-logged construction sites for encouraging mosquitoes—in addition to the pools of green, stagnant water left over from flooding after Delhi’s worst monsoon in three decades.
(Picture: Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium)