Still two months away from the Commonwealth games 2010 to be held in Delhi and we know, for sure ,that the organizing committee has failed to deliver the output it was assigned for. As the committee still fallaciously states the progress for preparation, Delhites need no official word to accept the disgusting state of preparations. Three months from now, The games would be over. So would all this preparation, drama, corruption, and limitless spending be worth it? That remains to be answered.
One of the Major reasons a country opts as a host for the games is to earn through Tourism. Additionally it brings to light the country’s economic image. With unveiling of the Rupee’s symbol, this may prove to be a big combo which could throttle India to economic success.
Face makeover for Delhi
Taking an example, the British citizens believe that the country’s idea of hosting 2012 Olympics is a NOT-so-bright idea of the government. The just question is- what happens to the investments after the Olympics is over? The government justifies it by calling it a combo-project which is aimed to host the games, and regenerating East London. But it is an expensive affair. The only advantage of this combo is that regenerating East London otherwise would have taken a much longer time. But this also comes at a time when Europe continues to suffer from the destruction caused by the Economic Recession. Comparing this with our ‘small’ commonwealth games, we can clearly mark the similarities and deduce the conclusion. The massive modernisation of Delhi in the past years is a clear example. Though, one of the major dissimilarities is – Two years ahead of the Olympics, Britain’s preparation are right on track unlike our unpunctual Commonwealth preparations. Though yes, I believe Delhi has gained a lot from these games and has also left the government near-bankrupt in achieving that.
A month after Fifa Worldcup 2010, South Africa has, for sure, benefited by the tourism. But that has not propelled it to success. The country was under a slow economic growth of only about 4% in mid-2000s, much before the Economic Recession rocked the world. Even now it has failed to recover from the same. So the WC2010 might have only helped South Africa but has not provided the country the success it was looking for. Similarly, projecting India’s economic success due to Commonwealth games would not be correct, though it would definitely give a temporarily boom to the Tourism Sector.
Limitless spending for the preparation of games is not yet over. Even after the games are over, a considerable amount of money would have to be invested to re-scale the stadiums, facilities and housing so that they can be used later by the country. Beijing, here ,sets an ugly example because of its inability to re-use the ‘Bird’s Nest’ post the Olympics. An example to follow could be of the Barcelona’s games in 1992.
The actual success of India would thus be decided, not only by the way it organizes the 2010 games, but also by the way it re-uses the facilities and investment done during this mega-project. What actually happens, will be clear soon enough.
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