The fiasco over Commonwealth Games 2010 has already dented India’s reputation with foreign media questioning the country’s ability to organise major global events.
“The Indian mess has destroyed any proposed Olympic bid before one has even been launched,” said London-based Daily Telegraph, in an article last week. The Indian government was looking for a successful Games to kick start a bid for the 2020 Olympics.
Another London based newspaper had quoted the Queen’s office as saying that she was upset regarding the controversy over the Queens’ Baton Relay in London.
The games scam has also gripped the Australian media, which had accused the Organising Committee of making two Australians scapegoats for the mismanagement.
They are Mike Bushell, who heads Sports Marketing And Management (SMAM), an Australian company given the marketing rights, and Craig McLatchey, an Australian who heads Swiss-based Event Knowledge Services (EKS).
Australia’s Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite backed the two Australians in Sydney Morning Herald by saying that two organisations have provided services to major sporting events in the past.
The organising committee had been accused of signing deals favouring the two firms. Several Australian newspapers quoted Bushwell as saying: “(The claims) are disgraceful. I’m not sure what the agenda is.” Crosswhite apprehended Indian politics to be behind the fiasco.
Another Australian and national field hockey coach Ric Charlesworth had also been quoted extensively for terming Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) was “very naive” if they continue to believe the assurances from New Delhi organisers.
“Forget about the venues, we have to live in the village. And my experience says that it won’t be finished,” Charlesworth was quoted as saying in The Telegraph in Australia.
“My concern is that we will get there and have people stuck on the 15th floor with no working lifts, no air conditioning, electricity going on and off, no water in the taps and poor sewerage.”
A New Zealand daily Otaga Daily Times had raised the possibility of the organisers’ ability to finish the infrastructure work before the start of the Games, telling visitors that they may end up visiting “a city half dug up”.