India's Kalmadi struggles to preserve 2010 Commonwealth Games(Read article summary)
Suresh Kalmadi was in charge of organizing the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India this fall – a coming-out party akin to China's Beijing Olympics. But now he stands to lose top officials over corruption and shoddy work.
India's embattled chairman responsible for hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Suresh Kalmadi, is expected to lose several members of his organizing committee in response to revelations of shoddy work and corruption.
Organized every four years, the games to be played by members of the Commonwealth of Nations are the third-largest multisport event in the world, after the Summer Olympic Games and the Asian Games.
By hosting the Games this fall, India has treated the event as a debutante ball of sorts, hoping to showcase India as a new economic player on the world stage. Instead, the games have highlighted India’s troubles with corruption and the country’s struggle to build infrastructure efficiently – a key contrast with rival China.
New Delhi remains a city torn apart by construction in a desperate bid to finish ambitious building and beautification projects before the games begin in October.
The treasurer for the games, Anil Khanna, resigned Thursday in response to allegations of nepotism in contracting.