Countdown to Cock-Up: Paralympics Set the Tone

If you think I’m being harsh on the organisers of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, then read this harrowing tale of how the Indian organisers coped with the recent Paralympic IWAS Games in Bangalore. The details are so incredible that it’s almost as if the Paralympics were brought here as some sort of cruel joke, an attempt by some truly malevolent being who felt that disabled athletes had been getting too big for their boots in recent years and should be made to scrabble about in the dirt until they rediscovered their rightful place under the jackboot of exclusion and disrespect.

Chaos marked the opening ceremony and it was a shocking sight to watch the IWAS vice-president himself being physically lifted to dais, as there are no ramps in the Sree Kanteerava Stadium.

The athletes were forced to witness the inauguration, not from the stands, but at the ground itself as there was no access to get into the stands, due to lack of ramps. Technical equipments were not in place when the events began the next day, be it athletics, shooting or any other discipline and in fact, last minutes touches were being still given to some of the venues like Koramangala Stadium.

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