I’m so saddened by the state of affairs of the Delhi Commonwealth Games, and the image of India that’s being presented to the world, I wasn’t even going to write anything about it. Yesterday, a suspension pedestrian overbridge collapsed at the main event venue, today a false ceiling collapsed at the weightlifting arena, and the Games Village is in a filthy condition.
However, what’s really bothered me is that instead of taking responsibility, senior Organising Committee officials are making ridiculous excuses. I just couldn’t overlook what Mr Lalit Bhanot, OC Secretary General had to say in response to the hygiene problem in the Games Village. “Cleanliness is subjective. It is not such a big issue which we should be ashamed of… Westerners have different standards of hygiene, we have different standards of hygiene”.
Really. Is Mr Bhanot comfortable using toilets that are dirty?
Apparently, the toilets in the athlete’s accommodations are in a disgusting condition, with shit everywhere, because construction workers have been using them. Other complaints include stray dogs roaming through the village premises, and construction workers urinating in public inside village premises and sleeping on beds meant for athletes. But according to Mr Bhanot, none of it is shameful. So, India should be content presenting herself like this? And the international athletes that are expected to participate in the Games should be content living amongst this?
While the OC was busy making poor excuses, what where the delegates from Scotland and New Zealand doing? They were busy cleaning their rooms themselves, with help of Embassy cleaners and volunteers!
Instead of wasting time and energy on excuses, why can’t the OC just apologise and get on with doing something about fixing the problems?
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