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Off to a flying start

india Updated: Mar 29, 2010 21:35 IST

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Why on earth were we worried about whether we would do well in the Commonwealth Games? The only problem seems to be that we are not looking in the right places for appropriate talent. Now athletes may have to overcome several hurdles put up in place on the field. But here we have people able to breach the highest of security barriers. A 65-year-old man was able to scale an emergency gate in Indira Gandhi International Airport to try and stow away on a flight. Now this is no mean task given how difficult it is for normal passengers to enter these premises legitimately.

Then we hear that a young man was able to climb a tree near the said airport and vault across. Now this could put the great Sergei Bubka to shame. So all we can say is that the airport is a good testing ground for aspiring athletes. If they are able to pass the stringent security measures and still scale such heights, then they are a sure bet for games of any sort. Perhaps, this could be a way for us to make a bit of moolah on the side. Instead of well-funded academies for sports abroad, we could put into use our maximum security premises as a testing ground for those aspiring to play with the best of them.

According to an official, the dense vegetation was a reason that trespassers were able to get through. We feel that this has distinct possibilities for putting potential sportspeople through greater challenges. They could hack through the vegetation, all the better to build their muscles, and then try and breach the high-technology area. Apparently, some of those who tried these feats at the airport were under the impression that this would enable them to get free flights. A small price to pay if it means medals for the country.