Indian goodwill triumphed over Kalmadi, says Aussie paperOctober 15th, 2010 - 3:23 pm ICT by IANS
Melbourne, Oct 15 (IANS) “The people of India, their goodwill and their kindness triumphed over the (Commonwealth Games) Organising Committee’s chaos and corruption in the end,” an Australian newspaper said Friday.
In a tribute after the conclusion of the New Delhi games, the Herald Sun admitted that the Indians proved to be “gracious hosts”.
But it described the Games’ Indian organisers headed by Suresh Kalmadi as a “bungling, bumbling and self-serving committee”.
“The glitches were forgotten in the joyous celebration of the closing party,” it said. “The million dollar aerostat that was the centrepiece of opening ceremony was resurrected again.
“The golden moments of the Games were projected upon it. India’s and the world’s triumphs were cheered on with huge roars.”
But the Herald Sun had other points to make too.
“Perhaps what also should have beamed onto the aerostat were the images of Delhi’s creatures and critters.
“The stray dogs, monkeys, cobras, eagles, beetles and mozzies gained more media attention than the athletes’ achievements at times.”
It spoke about poor transporation during the Games with buses getting lost en route.
“Delhiites are pleased that their streets have been ‘beautified’, roads fixed, but there’s still concern about the $4.6 billion poured into to create these Games.
“But as the beggars are brought back out of hiding, there are many locals who think this money could have been better spent on health, education and other public works rather than stadiums.”
- International media goes gaga over 'spectacular' Delhi CWG opening ceremony - Oct 04, 2010
- Global media salutes India for holding successful Games (Roundup) - Oct 15, 2010
- CWG scam: CBI raids premises of Kalmadi aides, registers 4th FIR - Jan 06, 2011
- India shining as Commonwealth Games set for gala closing (Curtain Raiser) - Oct 13, 2010
- Aerostat for CWG opening ceremony unveiled - Sep 09, 2010
- Kalmadi booed at CWG closing ceremony - Oct 14, 2010
- India makes a statement as Games draw to memorable close (Roundup) - Oct 15, 2010
- Aerostat radar damaged, non-operational: Antony - Nov 30, 2011
- Fennel admits glitches, Kalmadi says things are fine (Lead) - Oct 10, 2010
- Deafening roar greets Indian contingent at CWG opener (Second Lead) - Oct 04, 2010
- Troubles behind, India promises 'best ever' Commonwealth Games - Sep 02, 2010
- Delhi sends home 200 beggars - Sep 05, 2010
- Warm reception to Pakistan squad at CWG opener hailed (Lead) - Oct 04, 2010
- Aerostat the star attraction of CWG opening ceremony - Oct 03, 2010
- Imposing Helium aeerostat turns out to be showstopper (Lead) - Oct 04, 2010
Tags: aerostat, australian newspaper, beetles, beggars, centrepiece, commonwealth games, critters, glitches, gracious hosts, health education, herald sun, joyous celebration, media attention, mozzies, opening ceremony, organising committee, stadiums, stray dogs, transporation, triumphs