Judgement day looms for Kalmadi
The reckoning has come for Suresh Kalmadi, the head of the Commonwealth Games in India.
Leading members of the press around various Commonwealth Games venues on a tour on Thursday, Kalmadi appeared unable to see, or hear, the construction work going on around him as he talked of “100% complete” stadia and accommodation.
Much has been made of the comparison between the upcoming event and a traditional Indian wedding, in which the chaos of preparation transforms into a glorious spectacle at the last minute. The problem is that Kalmadi and his committee are running out of last minutes.
“India is the flavour of the month. The Games will be a success. All the negative publicity will stop when the event is a success,” Kalmadi told reporters when pressed about the deluge of negative media coverage that has dogged the event’s preparation.
Assuming success, Kalmadi is right. But with the opening ceremony only 17 days away, and with the hammering and drilling clear for all – except him to see – he should be getting nervous.