Re:Pick your High and Low moments from the Commonwealth Games.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
COMMONWEALTH GAMES DELHI 2010
GAMES TECHNICAL CONDUCT COMMITTEE (GTCC)
REPORT OF DR P S M CHANDRAN, MEMBER GTCC
(Submitted at the conclusion of the CWG Delhi 2010)
As desired by the Chairman GTCC, I had regularly visited the sports venues at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Sports complex (Athletics, Weight Lifting & Lawn Bowls), National Stadium (Hockey), Thyagaraj Stadium (Net Ball) and also the CWG Village. The purpose of carrying out the visits was to highlight things that needed improvement. During my visits, I had interacted with the staff deployed at the venues, taken note of the infrastructure and also the medical, catering, communication and transport facilities.
I have to report the following:
The ambience of the village was very pleasing. Security cover was excellent. Though the residential towers were looking imposing, the flats still needed final touch. The quality of furniture provided inside the flats were not up to the mark. There was water logging at the basement of many towers encouraging mosquito breeding. T2 transport arrangements at he Village was not satisfactory and there was long wait to get the transport. The protocol office at the entrance of the village could have been tastefully designed especially when it was being patronized by VVIPs. The swimming pool at the village became functional only at the end of the games. Since my accreditation did not allow entry into the village dining area, no remarks could be given on village catering. But while interacting with the athletes, they have remarked that though the menu dished out was good, the same became monotonous as the same menu was often repeated during lunch and dinner. Such complaints are not uncommon at mega events, where so many dishes are served every day. The solution to this lies in serving cyclic menu on different days. To illustrate it, if there are 100 items in the menu card, serve only 25 items on any particular day and repeat the menu after every 4 days. This will ensure variety in the menu served and also avoid monotony of the items served.
The fitness centre at the Village was efficiently managed by two SAI trainers (Mr. Tej Kaul & Mr. Rajpal) and it was found to be well patronized by the athletes. The trainers were always available to help out the athletes with their exercise regime.
The Polyclinic at the village should have been better designed. There was no proper signage at the poly clinic. Computer print outs were used as signage which was not appealing. There was shortage of masseurs and masseuses at the poly clinic since many of the masseurs did not get accreditation. Dr Mrs. Kiran Walia, Minister of Health had taken personal interest in the clinic and she was visiting the clinic almost every day and supervising the activities there. The doctors and paramedics at the clinic did an excellent job in meeting the demands of the athletes. This they have done without getting any support from the OC medical authorities like the CMO and DDG (Medical), who rarely visited the poly clinic. The medical staff at the clinic including its Director was given only the lowest grade T 5 transport accreditation and as a result they had to face great difficulties on transportation of men and material for the clinic. The food packets served to the medical staff were of low standard in quality and quantity. Taking note of this, the Minister of Health had arranged to send separate lunch/dinner packets to the medial staff at the poly clinic. Unfortunately, this also did not find favour with the staff.
JN Stadium (Athletics)
I had regularly visited the medical room at the athletic venue of JN Stadium and interacted with Dr H L Nag, the VMO and also with other medical staff. The medical cover at this venue was provided by AIIMS Delhi. The staff had planned to work in 2 shifts, but on short notice they were asked to do an additional night shift. The doctors and paramedic did their duties with utmost devot