Maken slams CWG organisers for lack of "legacy planning"
New Delhi: Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Saturday took a dig at the corruption-tainted organisers of last year`s Commonwealth Games, saying their lack of "legacy planning" and of concern of sports medicine has led to loss of time and money for India`s preparation for top international events.
Maken wondered why the CWG 2010 organisers did not plan out how the stadia would be used after the Games and why national institutes like on sports sciences and medicine were not set up for India to march ahead after the mega event.
"There was no legacy planning by the CWG 2010 organisers. We are doing that now. They should have done legacy planning while they were planning for the Games and while the stadia were being constructed or refurbished," Maken said at a press conference here.
"We had to do all these things now. It has led to loss of crucial time for the athletes with less than a year left for the 2012 London Olympics," he said.
Maintaining that the performance of the athletes was closely related to the backup system of developing sports medicine and sciences, the sports minister wondered why this aspect was not looked into by the CWG organisers.
"Without development in sports sciences and medicine, India will never become a sporting country. I don`t know why the CWG organisers did not think like that.
"If national institutes like on hockey and sports sciences and medicine had been established earlier, it would have been running now and would have been much cheaper. I don`t know why it was not done earlier," Maken said after announcing the establishment of National Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine and National Institute for Hockey.
Asked what he remembers of the CWG which was held almost a year ago, Maken said, "Of course, our athletes won record number of medals. That is the best thing to happen.
"But there were also other things which were unfortunate. I don`t know how many cases have been filed (for CWG corruption cases), more than 20," he said.
"The government had spent lots of money for the CWG and in spite of that if the Games are being remembered for other reasons, it is very unfortunate," the minister quipped.