Sunday, October 3, 2010

2010 Commonwealth Games and a Sensible Statement

"Biggest Commonwealth Games kicks off in Delhi"
Times of India (October 3, 2010)

"The wait is finally over. The biggest Commonwealth Games so far was inaugurated by Prince Charles and President Pratibha Patil at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Delhi.

"An impregnable security blanket of 7,500 personnel, including commandos, has been thrown over the grand Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the venue of today's opening ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games.

"As one enters the stadium, the only thing visible are the gun-toting security personnel including many in battle fatigues standing besides banners with Games motto 'Come out and Play' written on them...."

So far, so good.

The opening ceremonies went off without a (major) hitch. Nothing collapsed under Prince Charles. Good news all around.

Apart from observations like that "...many in battle fatigues standing besides banners with Games motto 'Come out and Play' written on them..." thing.

Good News and Common Sense

The 2010 Commonwealth Games opened without some embarrassing incident. That's the good news.

Here's that sensible statement:

"...Asked if he was satisfied with the security arrangements, a smiling [Union Home Minister P.] Chidambaram told PTI, 'Ask me on October 14 and I will tell you.'..."
(DNA (October 3, 2010))

The Lemming thinks they've got a good chance of hosting a (fairly) hitch-free Commonwealth Games. Perfect, probably not. Pretty good: quite likely.

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