Not an acceptable excuse


Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot insisted the village would be ready to host the 7000 athletes from 71 countries, arguing that foreign living expectations don’t necessarily match those in India.

“These rooms are clean to both you and us,” he told a press conference.

“However, it may not appear so to some others. They want certain standards in hygiene and cleanliness which may differ from our perception.”

This is nonsense. Media reports are that showers do not work, toilets do not flush and that rooms are contaminated by human excrement.

This is not a question of foreign expectations, this is about delivering conditions in which world class atheletes can live, eat and train.

The protestations of this official are absurd. India is one of the fastest growing nations in the world. They have the project skills to build nuclear weapons, yet cannot deliver a major event, or so it would appear.

What we are seeing here is an attempt to spin, when the reality is that the situation is unacceptable.

Talk about changing the definition of project completion, and the criteria for acceptance. Those remarks would have to be a classic example of changing the required outcome at the last minute, so that ‘success’ can be declared. This is a project that has gone off the rails it would appear.

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