We woke up late to the Games: Randhir Singh

Organising Committee vice chairman promises "world class" event

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Jasleen Kaur | March 13, 2010


Randhir Singh
Randhir Singh

The Organising Committee did wake up late in making preparations for the Commonwealth Games, admits OC vice chairman Randhir Singh, even as he promises the event will turn out to be “top class”.

"We woke up late and faced the criticism," Singh told Governance Now. "But the Games will be top class and there is no doubt about that. There is no way that we cannot have anything but world class games and organisation. Because if we don't we will not get another opportunity to host any other big event. So we will have to do this."

He admitted it has been a very stressful time for the committee meeting the deadlines.

Singh also said that from the experience of organising these games “we can change the mindset of the people. We have to have the mindset of meeting deadlines. If you have your deadlines set you will not get into trouble. But we still have that laid back attitude".

"There is lot of work that has happened. We could have done it in a peaceful way but now we are doing the same work in rush. It is like studying for the exams; either you prepare throughout the year or you prepare in the last one month."

Singh, being a sportsman himself, felt it is important to involve players in the sports management. To manage the games well, he said it is important to understand the requirements of the game. "Everyone says that hockey in our country is being run the European way. This is because no one in hockey is involved with the management."

 

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