In the last Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, India won just 49 medals. Pundits have predicted an improved tally this October.
But officials both in sports ministry and the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee are hopeful that in the long run, Indian athletes might bring home much-much more.
Reason: The Commonwealth Games 2010 is leaving behind so much equipment that the officials say budding Indian sportspersons will be much better prepared to take on global opponents in future.
Delhi now has multiple synthetic tracks, imported from the world’s top vendors, to support world-class athletics. They are according to the guidelines of the international federations.
Each swimming pool in sports complexes such as Siri Fort and the Games Village is 15mX26m in size with adequate area around conforming to international standards.
“For the aspiring sporting talents, using world-class sporting equipment that the Games will leave behind to practise is a dream come true. This means, when it comes to training and preparedness, there is no disparity between a sportsperson and his global counterpart,” said ASV Prasad, head of sports functional area of the Organising Committee.
Prasad said he is more upbeat about the training venues because they are there for students and other enthusiasts to use after the Games.
“The 40 training venues have been prepared according to the international sporting requirements. But they are at Delhi University colleges, Jamia university, even DPS school and such areas, so they may provide a professional sports training environment to the students,” he said.