“Get set for a lot of vit D,” “First time to Ind, hope the curries are more spicy than they say,” “Last leg of prep, packing bags can be a pain though.”
These are some of what international stars participating in the Delhi Games are tweeting to the world ahead of their Indian rendezvous.
The general sense of anticipation and an ‘exotic experience’ has already gripped some of the star athletes and, even as Indian authorities gear up to put finishing touches, foreign stars seem to be more interested in what is typically Indian — culture, curry and Bollywood.
“Made it to CWG side. So excited. Love to crack that market. I love Bollywood,” tweeted 24-year-old Aussie hockey bombshell Kate Hollywood whose on-and-off-the-field appeal may find many locals changing their fan base.
Her love for Bollywood is only barely overshadowed by Mark Abers who can’t seem to wait to indulge in the culinary delights. “Medal in mind, tropics on skin, and that food in muh belly — October here I come,” posted the 21-year-old South African athlete on his Facebook homepage. Some are even suggesting fellow athletes and supporters to do a bit of reading to familiarise themselves with India.
“If you are thinking about going to India, you must read ‘Animals People’. It’s brilliant,” tweeted swimmer Andrew Lauterstein.
But it’s not just the cliché symbols that are running through the minds of athletes. It’s also about sporting excellence and national glory. And they are not leaving any stone in the world of web unturned to gather support and pump themselves up. “Can’t wait for C’wealth and the World’s,” tweeted Aussie cyclist Allan Davis.
Phillips Idowu has been echoing the same thought. “It is great to pull on an England vest. Will battle it out to defend my title,” the triple-jumper wrote on a website.Some like Kiwi cyclist Greg Henderson are even jotting down their training schedule. “Even the sparrows are not up this early. It is inhuman hours to train with such little time left,” he posted on his twitter account.
So while the CWG authorities fret over perfection, international sportspeople, who are all set to arrive, are making their curiosity, excitement and ability known to the public on the web.
The question of disappointment for an athlete can only be in defeat and by that virtue, the Games itself are already a success.