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The Games and the Commonwealth: Delhi 2010

Presented by The Times of India & South Asia Research Foundation. Important issues that emerged from the three days summit- March 28-30, 2010

Madam Sheila Dikshit, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Delhi graced the inaugural session along with other dignitaries like Mr.S.Jaipal Reddy, Hon’ble Minister of Urban Development, Govt. of India, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman CWGOC 2010, and Prof.Brian Stoddart. Mr.ArnabGoswami, Editor in chief Times Now, chaired the session.

Mr.Manoj Joshi, Royal Mail Representative, South Asia & Director, George Group of Colleges, Kolkata presented the Common Wealth Games Stamp Sheet to the dignitaries. Mr.Kalamadi sounded quiet confident that the opening and closing ceremony of the Delhi Commonwealth games will the best in the history of the games. He also mentioned that over 6oo crores have been sanctioned for the preparation of the Indian athlete. Madam Sheila Dikshit also assured that the entire infrastructure for the games would be ready by end of July. Raja Randhir Singh highlighted the concept of Olympic Value Education Programme (OVEP).

 

Eminent sports commentator Mr.Charu Sharma chaired the session on “Pressure in High Performance sports”. Olympic bronze medallist boxer Mr.Vijender Singh, ace shooter Mr.Samresh Jung, Director, Go Sports Mr. H.S.Habbibulla, and Mr.Dave Collins, coach British Olympic team were the notable panelist. Mr.Jung emphasized the need for qualified shooting coaches while Mr.Habbibulla expressed his concern about the political influence in apex sports bodies.

Mr.Vijender Singh said that sports person deserve more respect and support from their respective apex body. Prof. Dharma Kovvuri, Dean Business School, UCLAN, chaired the session on Sport, CSR and Public Sector. Mr. Harshvardhan Neotia, MD, Ambuja Realty highlighted how they are adding sports facilities in housing complexes and trying to change the mindset of the people. Mr.Shailendra Singh, joint MD of Percept Ltd. expressed his concern on the issue “Do we really want to project ourselves as a sporting nation”.

The session on “Media and the Commonwealth Games” chaired by Prof. Ujjwal K.Chowdhury was highly thought provoking with expert comments from the media fraternity represented by Mr.Soumitra Bose of ESPN Star Sports emphasizing the role of new and emerging media like the mobile phone. Shamya Dasgupta of News X said that if you perform the media would be there to cover you. Mr.V.Krishnaswamy had a word of caution regarding the act of “Dumping down information” by media. The keynote Address delivered by Mr. Bruce Kidd, Chairman, Commonwealth Advisory Body on Sport highlighted on two aspects namely “High Performance” and “Sports For Development”.

Prof. Hilary Beckles, Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of West Indies talked about the role of sports in developing a nation. Michael Linley, Chairman Brand Capital, Melbourne, Louise Martin and Han Westerbeek were the eminent panelist for the session “Mega events: Jackpot or Burden”. Mr. Linley focused on Brand building in 2010 and beyond and Louise Martin talked about the preparation of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. She said the 2014 games would be athlete Centre games. It was unanimously agreed that organizing the CWG is not at all a burden. None other than Prof. Boria Majumdar chaired the concluding session. There was a Galaxy of stars in the panel. Mr.Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister of HRD, Govt. of India, Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister of Tourism, Mr. Arun Jaitley, Mr.Jean Loup and Raja Randhir Singh among others. All stakeholders present on the podium agreed to join hands to make the Delhi Common Wealth games a great success and assured one and all that the games will leave a legacy and transform the image of Delhi. The deliberation that took place for three days saw a very encouraging participation from around the globe.

Contributing Author: Supriyo Patra Head Of the Department Sports Management Programme & Lecturer Dept. of Business Administration George College 136, B.B.Ganguly Street Kolkata 700012 supriyo_patra@rediffmail.com

 
   

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