In India, a sport does not go beyond realms of Business. If there is no money in a sport, forget it. It will never receive the recognition or coverage it deserves.
However, if a sport has money, sponsorships and big name behind it, it will be given the ‘A’ class treatment, even if it does not deserve.
Take the example of Formula One racing.
The news has been long time coming; Formula One racing is coming to India. According to this AFP news, India is all set to hold F1 race in 2010.
I fail to find the logic behind this. It takes millions of dollars to get the Formula One infrastructure in place. DoesÂ governement have that much money to spend on a sport.
And it’s not only the infrastructure, just to get the approval; F1 demands $30 million in deposit.
Is it worth it? I don’t think so….Even a fraction of that cost is not justified.
Where other Indian sports like hockey are fighting for a few thousand dollars of sponsorships, how can you spend millions on a sport that does not even figure a single Indian?
You may say Narain Karthikeyan; have you seen him driving? He cannot finish a single lap without crashing. His inclusion couple of years back in F1 was purely political, for the end result that has come today.
India will stage its first-ever Formula One race in 2010, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi announced Monday. Kalmadi said he met Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone in London last week to seal the deal. “It has been decided that the Formula One race will be held in Delhi in 2010,” Kalmadi told reporters.
“Ecclestone stated he had received a good report from (Formula One track architect) Hermann Tilke. The shortlisted sites are Greater Noida and Sohna. We have been asked to negotiate and finalise any one of them,” he added.
Tilke made an aerial survey of the two venues, located on the outskirts of Delhi, during his visit to the country earlier this month.
Â I would love to hear your thoughts on this:
Do you think India should host Formula One racing in 2010?