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Wessex appeal

india Updated: Oct 12, 2009 22:56 IST

According to a statement issued by the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, the son of Queen Elizabeth II of England, Wales and Scotland, Prince Edward, ‘showed satisfaction’ with the infrastructure being developed in Delhi. Well, that’s that then. Now that the Earl of Wessex and the president and vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation has found things moving in a hunky dory fashion, all of us should raise a toast to the Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi at the Gymkhana Club. And nothing short of a bada peg will do.

But one question remains: how did the noble prince show his satisfaction? Was his smile under the hard hat at the Thyagaraj Stadium enough to let us dispel our fears about Delhi’s tardy preparations for the Games? Or was his rubbing his hands at the same site the giveaway sign that the fourth child of the leader of the former British colonies was mightily pleased at the arrangements?

One of the officials — a humble chap with no roots to any royal family of any of our ex-princely states — explained that Prince Edward asked specifically about “an entrance that has been created for vehicles” and that it had been designed to allow ambulances to have “easy access to transport injured athletes”. With a reaction from the man himself — and those Brits know their infrastructure as anyone in north England will tell you — who needs those delegates who frowned and fumed about the preparations?