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The controversies and incidents leaving Suresh Kalmadi red-faced just don’t seem to end. First was the public break-up he had with CGF chief operating officer Mike Hooper, and then the highly ambitious and baseless statement that Usain Bolt would be participating, and the famous quote, ‘These will be the best ever Games‘.
Usain Bolt soon responded :
Three-time Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt has denied making any commitment to run at the event in New Delhi next year (2010). His views are contradicting with Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi’s claims.
My hometown (Pune) has been experimented upon by Kalmadi twice in the past — the National games in the 90′s and Commonwealth Youth Games last year. Both marked with rushed touch-ups, inadequate planning and an utter apathy to citizens’ needs. Citizen groups eventually protested and sought to boycott the CYG last year.
Thinking further, these games don’t really serve any purpose apart form being an embarrassment in many cases. They don’t help sports either. They end up being a huge waste of public money. In such circumstances, when Kalmadi states that India will be bidding for the Olympics in 2020, it is at best laughable.
And as someone whose constituency is responsible for sending Suresh Kalmadi to the Parliament, I apologize.