IS India a prospective bidder for Asian Games?
Neetu Banga | 02 Nov 2010
For India, it is the right time and opportunity to speak something about planned and calibrated answers on bid documents; otherwise, we will just duck the chance.
THE BIDDING of Asian Games for 2019 and 2023 to be finalised in the coming two weeks and again Asian countries will be in the fray to participate in the race for hosting the Games. After a high rate of corruption during Commonwealth Games (CWG) 2010, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is keeping silent on this matter as organisers had let down the country and people.
Now, IOA feels that the nation at large should decide on the question of hosting games. It involves lot of factors like government in power in 2014, the rupee value, inflation, economic growth etc. However, blame game of Commonwealth games and it lengthy inquiries, none of IOA official and political leaders are coming forward to discuss this issue.
Olympic council will meet during the 12-27 November 2010 Guangzhou in China where it will decide on the bidders of Asian Games.
For India, it is the right time and opportunity to speak something about planned and calibrated answers on bid documents; otherwise, we will just duck the chance. Post 2014, the Asian Games will be held an year after the Commonwealth Games and an year prior to the Summer Olympics so as to give the athletes a fairer competition schedule. The government in India should not deny the IOA its mandatory letter of intent so that the forthcoming generation misses another chance to perform on a global sporting map. The authorities must learn from the mistakes they committed during the Commonwealth Games hosting.
In India, the CWG preparation emphasised one thing but taking people in confidence on corruption is an equally daunting task. It does not work if we think that Delhi already has ramped up its infrastructure in the in terms of stadia and of transportation. One should wonder why only Delhi should be the venue for all major sporting events. We should learn lessons from China and Korea, they have taken the Games to different cities. It is right CWG was first step towards in setting Indian sport on an economically viable path but the way and we have not been able to host a single national game without any controversies and drawbacks.
The need of hour is that, India requires the leadership to throw their weight behind the event not just to plan their negotiation in getting the essential votes. Government should ensure that such things should not be repeated again like CWG. India should not cut off itself from the sporting world, more so at a time when Indian sports are appearing on world map.