"Corruption and inefficiency" blighted India's Commonwealth Games, says Indian private sector

Should India’s Commonwealth Games have been organised by the private sector?

I was talking to a senior executive at one of the big Indian IT service providers about the fiasco which has so far been the Commonwealth games, which is due to start in Delhi next month.

National teams and individuals have voiced concerns over the state of facilities. TV reports have shown collapsing bridges and dirty athlete accommodation.

But this shouldn’t happen in a country which is now one of the biggest economies in the world. India is growing economically at an astonishing pace and its IT industry is a driving force. When I meet companies such as TCS, Infosys, Wipro, Mahindra Satyam, HCL and Cognizant I am impressed. They have great processes and are highly efficient.

So I asked this senior executive what has gone wrong with the India Commonwealth Games.

He told me in no uncertain terms that the event should have been organised by the private sector.  He told me that “corruption and inefficiency” is at the heart of the problems being experienced currently.

In China by contrast the Beijing Olympics in 2008 was a massive success and an amazing spectacle. The London Olympics also promises to be a massive success. And this is only the Commonwealth Games. Not as big as the Olympic games.

If any corporate in the UK saw reports on the Commonwealth Games fiasco in India they might be somewhat hesitant to outsource to India. But the world’s biggest companies can hardly look beyond India for IT services. And remember the World Cup in South Africa went very smoothly and it was an India supplier that virtually ran the event logistically. Yes Mahindra Satyam’s event management application for FIFA went without a glitch.

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