Steam is still rising from the fire that CWG 2010 had set off. With the blame-game beginning to take-off, reports are now creeping in that negative global media coverage hit Delhi’s business during CWG. It created such a negative halo that eventually it led to the withdrawal of some of the biggest names in the sporting arena. But nevertheless, after the closing ceremony on October 14, international media declared CWG 2010 a huge success, albeit not without a hint of jeer.
On October 15, a London based newspaper Daily Mail read in its headline, “India brings down curtain on its troubled Commonwealth Games with a spectacular send-off.” It further read, “most controversial Commonwealth Games in history - marked by oppressive security and low spectator turnout - came to a close today without any major glitches as India celebrated the finale with an extravagant cultural show.”
On the other hand, newspaper from US, Los Angeles Times, commented on India’s ‘Chalta hai’ attitude and came up with the headline – “As Games close, India ponders a deep-seated ‘it'll do’ attitude.” Meanwhile, UK based newspaper The Guardian in its headlines stated, “Commonwealth Games 2010 finish with India triumphant.”
A British Columbia daily Vancouver Sun wrote “Delhi jeet gaya, you did it, Delhi.” It came up with a headline - “Delhi's Commonwealth showing a winner, after all... It was far from flawless, especially in the nearly catastrophic run-up when an unfinished, filthy athletes’ village caused an international furor and set a tone of incompetence that dogged the Games, start-to-finish. That image is terribly unfair to Delhi, and to a Games that was well staged in many respects, and was unforgettable for many of the right reasons.”
Daily Telegraph newspaper in its headline said – “CWG 2010: India has every right to be proud after torrid build-up”. It further explained, “The stadium did not collapse, the city was not blown up, athletes did not miss their competition because of traffic jams and the feared outbreak of dengue fever was largely controlled.”
Newspaper from Australia, Sydney Morning Herald, praises the positive finish of CWG 2010 and stated – “Delhi bellyachers the losers as Games overcome hurdles in strong finish.”
While, The New Zealand Herald which was singing a different tune few days back with the headline – “Commonwealth Games Top Delhi Flops” –Now, stated –“Palpable relief now that the Games are over”.
The New York Times reads in its headline – “India Declares Commonwealth Games a Success.” It further elucidate that the Commonwealth Games, which opened 12 days ago with the world bracing for the worst, managed to conclude on Thursday without any of the predicted embarrassment or disaster. Stadiums did not collapse. Terrorists did not strike. Fears of disease went mostly unrealised. And the closing ceremony was a stirring success.