Thursday, September 30, 2010

For common knowledge

Writer and filmmaker Sunil Yash Kalra on his book on the Commonwealth Games.
The Commonwealth Games is more than just hopping around in the playground, says writer and filmmaker Sunil Yash Kalra. “It is an indicator of the nation’s dedication and integrity towards events of global concern. It’s a chance to prove oneself and be taken seriously, and India, unfortunately, blew it,” says Kalra, who owns a sporting venture called Indian Sports Knowledge Centre in Delhi and is also into research and product development related to sports. For the last ten years, he has been engaged in chasing and researching the Commonwealth Games. The result is the book: Road to Commonwealth Games 2010, a storehouse of information, documentaries and features on sports. 

Kalra’s book has interesting bits of information: that Delhi’s bid report for the CWG did not mention the need for any overarching governing body to look into doping issues. Hamilton, Canada, on the other hand, had mooted the idea of setting up the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports. Also, while the CWG Organising Committee claims that Delhi Games would be Green Games, there is no such mention in the bid report. Interestingly, the handicrafts industry is expected to procure orders worth Rs 10 million during the Games. 

Full report here Indian Express

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