What a surprise! India is supposed to be a rising superpower along with China in the next century.

Per Indian papers, you can guess the corruption and irresponsibility there. I might guess the Indian Caste system prevents people from fully utilizing their human resources and energies and realizing their potential.

Photos: Filthy Athletes Village in New Delhi

Leaked photos showing the state of disrepair and filth at the Athletes Village in New Delhi has people wondering whether India will be ready for the Commonwealth Games which start on Oct. 3, 2010.

Seeing is believing. Leaked photos from Vancouver Sun:

Click on 25 pictures

http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/Filthy+Athletes+Village+Delhi/3568960/story.html?cid=hot_photo

UK Today:

http://uktodaynews.com/9025/indian-pm-to-decide-fate-of-commonwealth-games-cwg-2010-within-24-hours/

The Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, will be conducting a meeting to decide upon the cut –off date for the Commonwealth Games 2010 within the next 24 hours, to prove the security arrangements as well as the hygiene maintenance of the facilities for the athletes.

BBC:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-south-asia-11387824

Doubts have been cast over next month’s Delhi Commonwealth Games after officials severely criticised the state of the athletes’ accommodation and a footbridge near a stadium under construction collapsed. The problems are front page news in the Indian media, with many writers sharply critical of developments.

“Commonwealth Games India’s Shame,”headlined The Times of India.

“India has been shamed globally – by politicians and officials who have been exposed as callous and inept, and possibly corrupt,” the newspaper said.

“India stands humiliated. The world knows the bridges we build collapse; that we can’t even keep loos clean. Who is responsible for the national shame?”

“India’s Games Shame Growing,” said The Asian Age.

“With just 11 days to go for the start of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, it is no longer possible to judge just how much shame and embarrassment a bunch of inept, inefficient and corrupt administrators will heap on this nation’s head,” the paper said.

“We, however, have not only had to lump their doings, but look on in increasingly impotent rage as tales of mayhem and mismanagement continue to sprout and proliferate. Shame on us!”……

Yahoo:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100922/wl_asia_afp/cgames2010india

NEW DELHI (AFP) – India has insisted its Commonwealth Games will be “one of the most successful” in the event’s history after England warned the showpiece was on a “knife edge” over complaints of filthy housing and growing structural and security fears.

Officials said Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennell was due to arrive in New Delhi Thursday for a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the problems overwhelming the October 3-14 event.

The latest high-profile withdrawals include the English Olympic 400m gold medallist Christine Ohuruogu and world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu, with Australia warning more of its competitors might follow.

Their decisions came after complaints by some teams about the state of the athletes’ village, safety fears due to the collapse of a footbridge near one of the venues and question marks over security after a gun attack on tourists.

Commonwealth Games England chairman Andrew Foster warned that the next 24-48 hours would be “critical”.

“It’s a situation that hangs on a knife-edge. We will not be sending our team unless we are confident,” Foster said, with athletes due to begin arriving this week for an event that was meant to showcase the modern India.

British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the final decision on whether to go to Delhi rested with athletes and sports authorities, but warned “time is running short” for organisers to get the Games on track.

India Times:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/Commonwealth-Games-Indias-Shame/articleshow/6604474.cms

Commonwealth Games India’s Shame

NEW DELHI: With 12 days to go for the Commonwealth Games, a gleaming new steeland-concrete suspension pedestrian overbridge came crashing down on Tuesday at the main event venue, Jawahar Lal Nehru Stadium.

The disaster left at least 27 workers injured and heightened concerns about the safety of structures being readied in a mad rush for the October 3 opening. Among the injured, five of them seriously , was a site engineer.

Authorities refused to pin blame on any agency and Delhi government’s Public Works Department, which has been entrusted with several CWG projects, said it had tendered two foot overbridges , including the one destroyed , to a Chandigarhbased company P&R Infraprojects for Rs 10.34 crore. Work on both the archshaped foot overbridges started in March and was scheduled to end this month.

Sarvagya Srivastava, the PWD project manager at the site, didn’t say who was responsible for the collapse. He told TOI two clamps holding up the causeway snapped and as the load increased on other cables, all of them snapped.
Public works minister Raj Kumar Chauhan told reporters the bridge, linking the stadium’s parking lot to the venue, was meant exclusively for athletes and officials.

But later Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit, while visiting the injured at AIIMS, tried to play it down insensitively by saying the overbridge was meant for ‘ordinary’ spectators…..

Indian Expatriates’ comments:

Kumar London 22/09/2010 at 08:57 PM
Once again they proved that India is number 1 in corruption. It is a shame on politicians. If corruption is a game in Common wealth, Indian politicians will win gold medal ( of course, they will try to bribe the judges there too ).

Rak New York, USA 22/09/2010 at 07:49 PM
Should hang till death all corrupt politicians and OC members for CWG failure and disaster. Shame on India

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