Friday, October 15, 2010

WHAT'S DENGUE IS DENGUE

Well, Canada didn't own the podium at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, which is just as well, considering the podium was probably made out of termite-infested plywood and built over an open sewer. It tells you everything you need to know about how badly organizers in Delhi dropped the ball that in restrospect, runner-up Hamilton would have been a practical and pristine alternative when the Games were awarded in 2003.
Aside from corruption charges, construction delays, faulty facilities, filthy conditions in the athletes' village, punishing heat, record-breaking monsoon rains, an outbreak of dengue fever and a few other pesky details, the Delhi Games went off without a hitch. Say what you will about Hamilton, but at least you can visit the Steel City without having to get vaccinated for hepatitis A and typhoid.
The good news for athletes who survived the Commonwealth Games in Delhi is that conditions can't possibly be any worse at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara - Mexico's so-called Pearl of the West and by most or all accounts a thriving, modern city with a solid and safe infrastructure, if you don't count the urban poverty, air pollution and the time back in 1992 when a series of gas explosions blew up the Guadalajara sewer system. Other than that, a definite pearl.
Hamilton never looked so good.

1 comment:

  1. The Commonwealth Games in India. Making Vancouver Olympic organizers look awesome.

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