Commonwealth Games Closing ceremony – Better than Opening ?

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The curtain is set to fall on the trending Commonwealth Games 2010 today. The grand sporting event has been a witness to both bitter-sweet incidents ranging from the chaotic arrangements at the CWG Village to a pompous opening ceremony held on October 3. The gorgeous opener pushed the bad press surrounding the event into a corner and made Indians go gaga.

Till the multi-discipline sports festival involving 71 nations began, many companies were wary of associating their brand with the games – limiting the number of official corporate sponsorships.

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But, than, what are our own PSU companies for?

The Government has often nudged the large public sector companies to come at its rescue at such times – be it oil subsides from major Oil Marketing companies, lapping up state-owned IPO/FPO’s by LIC or forcefully pushing these companies to associate themselves with the Games in the absence of adequate number of private sponsors who abandoned the games because of negative publicity around it during the initial days.

But, as they say – all is well, that ends well! As of now in the concluding day, India have exact 100 medals in their kitty constituting 38 gold, 26 silver and 36 bronze. They also currently hold 2nd position in neck to neck fight with England.

With Indian players proving their mettle and registering victory in various fronts, all the sins of the organizing committee are wiped-out. The thumping Indian victories will definitely inspire the youth towards the varied sporting events.

Theoretically, improper organisation of the CWG could have thrown a bad light on the prowess of Indian government’s ability to manage an event on the global podium – and further to its ability to manage the India’s economic juggernaut. But, with a sound proceedings of programming, the Indian image has emerged unscathed despite dire predictions about the games.

The CWG organizers had to call onto luxury hotel chains to clean up mess at the Games Village – which further reaffirms my belief that the booming India Growth Story is more about the private sector economic evolution; rather than the public sector revolution which is still immersed in red-tapism.

As I am writing this, the world is awaiting the 45-minute closing ceremony to be held in evening which has been divided into 6 segments including a display of martial arts with artistes drawn from various parts of the country and a showcase of India’s rich cultural heritage.

The pundits are already betting on the closing programme to be a crispier affair than that of the opening ceremony held on October 3.

Jai Hind !

  1. Sunil cc , Chikmagalur says

    Wow its really amazing both opening and closing ceremoney. inia rocksssss

  2. Joshi Ruchika says

    India presented well in CWG and even anchored it well.But the prob is CORRUPTION, “The disease which India is suffering from”.Hoping for good result for it. Anyways like a coin has two faces, India tried its level best in CWG, and we cannot blame the ministers for the problems faced!!! India shines there!! I am proud to be an Indian:)

  3. Nishtha Pallavi says

    Indian Rocks Everywhere

  4. balaji yadhav says

    LEGACY OF CWG
    As members of a Business blog we have a responsibility to probe on the Legacy- meaning what we do with all these huge stadiums and world class facilities.First there should be the Utilisation measures to be employed.We have to constantly review whether all these facilities have a minimum utilisation of 90% every year.Whats the use of spending huge tax payers money on sports stadia when it is not utilised.Hopefully as more players train here ,automatically results will come.As all the money spent on the National Cricket Academy and improving the cricket stadia facilities has finally resulted in India becoming World No 1 in test cricket.When this capital expenditure results in producing Squash,Swimming,Athletics champions we can look back at the CWG and say it was all worth it

  5. balaji yadhav says

    India did well in CWG both on and off the field.
    Now the corruption probe will hopefully bring some results.But i have to say something here CWG village was pathetic just before the start of the games if heads doesnt roll then i would be really disappointed.
    I heard that the BBC held a 5 minute of mourning when India finished ahead of England in the medals tally.It is one thing that Kalmadi screwed up the preparation for the Games but the western media was at their racist best on their reporting as well.The reports were pathetic as all the stadiums were ready but only the village was not ready the Manchester and Vancouver Games had no village only university dorms which is worse than an underprepared games village

  6. radhika says

    both the opening ceremony and the closing ceremony were nice. common wealth 2010 has become the new icon of India

  7. Ravi Mathur says

    Don’t agree about the comment about the competence of the booming private sector. The metro line from the airport was awarded to Reliance and it missed its deadline. the line will go live now, months after the closing ceremony of CWG. DMRC has slapped a fine of 125 crore on Reliance. The games village ,what the fiasco was all about, was also handled by a multinational reputed builder called Emmar MGF. When do stop thinking in stereotypes?

  8. Ravi Mathur says

    Don’t agree about the comment about the competence of the booming private sector. The metro line from the airport was awarded to Reliance and it missed its deadline. the line will go live now, months after the closing ceremony of CWG. DMRC has slapped a fine of 125 crore on Reliance. The games village ,what the fiasco was all about, was also handled by a multinational reputed builder called Emmar MGF. When do stop thinking in stereotypes?

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