“Madam, Press ko media room mei allowed nahi,” a cop gestured at me to stop at the threshold of the media room.
“What? You’ve to be kidding!” I said, showing him my accreditation card, issued by the Organising Committee (OC), rather bemused. It specifically states — access to press areas and all training venues.
A battle between the media and OC officials ensues. Apparently, security personnel had strict instructions not to allow anyone into the press area other than the OC workforce; strange that.
It left me in splits. “Do they stop to think or just follow directions blindly?” I asked myself.
After much heated debate, the Police realise that the media might need access to the media room given they’ve deadlines to file stories.
Where is the ticket counter anyway?
Another glorious Indian Catch 22. There is no information as to where you could get a ticket for the event. No signage to help you out with directions either. If you still manage to figure out where the ticketing counter is (in the parking lot) you will be confronted, right at the gate, by an official demanding either a pass or a ticket!
Don’t misguide, please
Enter the stadium and you will be greeted by scores of posters flaunting the world’s No. 1 shuttler, Lee Chong Wei. Breaking news! He’s not playing. A case of having printed too many posters before he pulled out? Or is it a ploy to misguide more spectators into turning up?
In public interest
If you want to survive through the day, please bring water bottles along. Among the interesting items on the banned list are pens and coins, presumably because spectators like to throw things at players. The only thing guaranteed is the quality of the frisking (which you will go through a number of times), so in your own interest, travel light.