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'India must not host Commonwealth Games'

Onkar Singh in Delhi | April 14, 2006 13:22 IST

Sharad Yadav, the newly-elected president of the Janata Dal United, has asked the Union Government to scrap its plans to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and utilize that money for better purposes instead.

Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, Yadav said participation in the Games is wasteful expenditure and a country like India can ill-afford to spend such a huge amount of money for a few medals.

"I understand that the Indian Olympic Committee, headed by Suresh Kalmadi, spent Rs 23 crore on an eleven-minute song and drama sequence, in which several film actors took part, at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. This money was total waste and I believe should have been used for the welfare of the students from backward class communities instead," he said.

He wondered why a country like India should spend so much on bidding to host the Games.

"What is the big deal in hosting games like the Commonwealth Games in India? What do we gain, barring a few medals and some IOA officials having a good time? I believe that the huge amount of money that would be spent on hosting the Games could have been used for giving grants to Delhi University and other academic institutions of excellence. We could have created more IITs and IIMs with that fund," he added.

He promised to step up his campaign against the Games in weeks to come, which would mean giving sleepless nights to Suresh Kalmadi and his comrades in the IOA.

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Sub: CWG

I agree that india should not host the CWG not because of the waste of money but it doesn't deserve to host any big sporting ...

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Sub: India WILL host the Commonwealth Games

India has committed to host the Commonwealth Games and must honour that committment. Obviously politicians like Sharad Yadav have no idea what committment means. And ...

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Sub: games must be hosted

Commonwealth games must be host with full grandeur.This will promote India brand image,provides good infrastructure in Delhi and promote tourism.My message to Mr Sharad Yadav ...

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I do not agree with Mr. Sharad Yadav as far as hosting of International Gaming events goes. India need to host (and win some medals ...

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It is disgusting on the part of politicians who spend so much on celebrities but give so less to hardworking athletes. I think the games ...

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