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Saving the Games

True to the saying that a picture is worth a thousand words, the photographs depicting the sordid condition of the flats for foreign athletes in the Games Village (“Delhi takes charge of Games Village clean-up”, Sept. 24) might well turn out to be the poster images of the Commonwealth Games New Delhi 2010 around the world. However, the government should not lose heart but put in maximum effort to salvage the country's dignity. Some outstanding performances by our athletes might just bring the cheer back on our faces.

Surbhi Sinha,

New Delhi

In every timeline published for the Olympics or the FIFA World Cup, the period during the late 1920s and early 1940s are highlighted because the games were not held due to the World Wars. If the timeline of the CWG is traced 50 years from now, the reason the Delhi 2010 games are highlighted would be mismanagement.

Ritvik Chaturvedi,

New Delhi

The Prime Minister's intervention comes too late. Embarking on damage control exercises after a callous wait has become our hallmark. Our leaders should learn the spirit of the dictum “prevention is better than cure”.

P. Ramesan,

Kollam

The pictures showing the deplorable conditions of some rooms in the Games village will not surprise most Indians but certainly sadden them that the image of the country has been greatly compromised before the international community. Media exposure has caused more labourers to be pressed into service. Somebody should ask who these labourers are and what facilities have been provided to them.

P.K. Misra,

Mysore

Going by the turn of events, we get the feeling that we just do not have the capability and the right people to undertake such tasks. This impression is false. We have the right people but they are not involved as they are not “useful” to the powers that be. The idea behind staging such events is to improve our standards organisationally.

S. Rajagopalan,

Chennai

How could the organisers not remember how China and South Africa ran the Olympics and the football World Cup and received the applause of the entire world? Would Indian authorities send our players to a country that made arrangements like ours?

Vuppala Maruthi Nandan,

Guntur

The collapse of the footbridge at the Commonwealth Games venue reminds me of the ongoing millennium celebration of the Brihadisvara temple in Thanjavur. The temple built 1,000 years ago has withstood several natural calamities. The bridge built using modern technologies collapsed even before it was opened.

S. Sivakumar,

Thanjavur

The shoddy management of the Commonwealth Games may not reflect Indian capabilities, but it does reflect the state of our government delivery mechanisms. Also, this is an eye-opener on the state of our sports bodies and the politicisation of our sports organisations that prevent talented youngsters from reaching the world stage.

D. Davidson,

Tiruchi

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