India Essay Contest 2012 Olympics

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Chad Carson (United States) on Justice Through Sport
September 7, 2012

Soumitra Subinaya (India) on the Grammar of Conscience
September 7, 2012

Shashank Harivyasi (India) on Bridging the Gap: Humanity and Olympism
September 4, 2012

Akampurira Justus (Uganda) on Interpreting Olympic Values and Recommendations for Olympism in the Twenty-First Century
September 4, 2012

Kyomuhendo Ateenyi (Uganda) on Olympism in the Twenty-First Century: The Place of a Value That Is Timeless
August 31, 2012

Steven Schmidt (United States) on How Sport Demonstrates Our Shared Humanity
August 31, 2012

Desislava Stoyanova (Bulgaria) on the Meaning of Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 31, 2012

Adetunji Adeniran (Nigeria) on Olympic Values That Promote Peace
August 30, 2012

Kenneth Sickle (United States) on Tools and Weapons
August 30, 2012

Jimmy Shaw (China) on Olympic Values That Inspire a Harmonious Life
August 29, 2012

Londiwe Goba (South Africa) on Respect, Excellence and Friendship: The African Perspective on the Meaning of These Values and How They Can Be Applied to Bring About Social Upliftment in the Twenty-First Century
August 29, 2012

Wihan Botha (South Africa) on the Olympic Games 2012 – Where Dreams Become Reality!
August 27, 2012

Rand Kamaran Khalid (Iraq) on Bridging Cultures
August 27, 2012

Rakesh Ranjan (India) on Olympic Values for the 21st Century and Their Realization
August 27, 2012

Ariana Andrews (New Zealand) on International Cooperation Inspired by Olympic Values
August 25, 2012

Isaac Piche (United States) on Camaraderie Through Competition
August 24, 2012

Desislava Stoyanova (Bulgaria) on Interpreting Olympic Values for the Twenty-First Century
August 24, 2012

Edel Ochami (Kenya) on Unity in Diversity
August 23, 2012

Lydia Adzobu (Ghana) on Realizing Olympic Values Through Culture
August 22, 2012

Colette Bishogo (South Africa) on a Global Understanding of Respect and Excellence
August 22, 2012

Rakib Mahmood (United States) on Spreading the Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 22, 2012

Ukwuegbu Chijioke (Nigeria) on Promoting the Olympic Values
August 21, 2012

Prakruti Ramesh (India) on Being Educated in the Olympic Spirit
August 20, 2012

Riabko Kateryna (Ukraine) on Olympic Values in Modern Society
August 17, 2012

Aimeé Schroeder (South Africa) on A Brief Analysis of the Significance and Implementation of the Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 17, 2012

Rhoda Ennin (Ghana) on Olympic Values for the Twenty-First Century
August 16, 2012

Erica Pincus (United States) on the Olympic Games: Sport, Spirit, and Sustainability

August 16, 2012

Jennifer Aduro (Nigeria) on Olympic Values as a Breath of Fresh Air
August 15, 2012

Pang Nianliang (China) on An Interpretation of Olympic Values and Approaches to Realize Them
August 15, 2012

Obanor Riomachi (Nigeria) on Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 14, 2012

Soolmaz Abooali (United States) on ‘Mind, Body, Spirit’ and Olympic Values for Social Change
August 14, 2012

Samantha-Kaye Christie (Jamaica) on Using Olympic Values to Inspire More Humane Development
August 13, 2012

DeAnna Coon (USA) on Acceptance, Gratitude, and Respect
August 13, 2012

Sharif Angozy (Kurdistan Region, Iraq) on Olympic Values in the 21st Century
August 11, 2012

Kubra Ulutas (Turkey) on Using Olympic Values to Promote Women's Participation in Sport
August 10, 2012

Milarose Barcelona Barraca (Philippines) on Olympism Ablaze
August 9, 2012

Nicole Nation (Jamaica) on Using Sport and Education to Promote Peace Through Olympic Values
August 9, 2012

Steven Aiello (United States) on Celebrating Cultural Diversity While Remaining Unified Through Olympic Values
August 8, 2012

Roshni Dadlani (United Arab Emirates) on Excellence, Respect and Friendship: Bridging Our Global Gap
August 7, 2012

Tomas Momesso (Argentina) on the Olympic Games as a World Language
August 7, 2012

Chad Beyer (South Africa) on the Role of Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century
August 6, 2012

Felix Tetteh (Ghana) on Using Social Media Ambassadors to Spread Olympic Values
August 6, 2012

Amanda Lo (United States) on Using Olympic Values to End Discrimination
August 3, 2012

David E. Natarén (Honduras) on Using Olympism as a Mean for Development
August 3, 2012

Melissa Kartahardja (New Zealand) on Olympic Values in the Twenty-First Century: Thinking Outside The Box
August 2, 2012

Mark McCormack (United States) on Why the Olympic Games Should Come to Murfreesboro
August 2, 2012

Amela Trokic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on Spreading Olympic Values through English Language Classes
August 1, 2012

Monica Islam (Bangladesh) on How Playing is Winning!
August 1, 2012

Kieran Halloran (United States) on How Shared Olympic Values Help Break Down Cultural Barriers
July 31, 2012

Devesh Lalwani (India) on Using Olympic Values to Address Inequality through Art, Education, and Sport
July 31, 2012

Paul Adepoju (Nigeria) on Haunting Shadows of Olympic Victory
July 30, 2012

Gcobani Qambela (South Africa) on Olympic Values in Today’s World
July 30, 2012

Per Svensson (United States) on Using Technology to Facilitate Global Conversations about Olympic Values
July 26, 2012

Shajwan Imad (Iraq) on Olympic Values, National Unity, and Sport
July 25, 2012

Maha Aftab (Pakistan) on Spreading Olympic Values through Youth Exchange Initiatives
July 24, 2012

Nicky Clark (New Zealand) on Creating Balance and Unity through Olympic Values
July 23, 2012

Jessie Bullock (United States) on Olympic Values in the 21st Century: Today’s Youth, Tomorrow’s World
July 20, 2012

Janelle Carrillo (Philippines) on How Life is a Fun Run
July 19, 2012

Suon Dina (Cambodia) on Olympic Values and Future Generations
July 18, 2012

Angelica Sha (Spain) on Olympic Values in Today's World
July 17, 2012

Jacqueline Van de Velde (United States) on Pursuing Dreams at the Olympics and Beyond
July 16, 2012

Cara Acciaioli (United States) on Two Weeks of Unity
July 13, 2012

Norbert Germano (Philippines) on Hopes for a Better World
July 12, 2012

Nobel Cubahiro (Rwanda) on Olympic Values for the 21st Century
July 11, 2012

Maggie Dunne (United States) on A Glowing Ring of Good
July 10, 2012

Ziyanda Stuurman (South Africa) on Using Olympic Values to Promote Excellence in Personal and Communal Pursuits
July 9, 2012

Joshua Wera (Kenya) on How Living with Olympic Values Ought To Be Our Everyday Norm
July 6, 2012

Rebekah Watson (Jamaica) on Learning Multiple Languages as a Path to Global Unity
July 5, 2012

Cecilia Maritza Tenorio Pereyra (Perú) on How Olympic Values Inspire Self-Realization and Achievement
July 4, 2012

Shivaank Rana (India) on How the Olympic Values of Friendship and Mutual Respect Translate into Everyday Life
July 3, 2012

Aida Cengic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) on How War Cannot Stop Progress Inspired by Olympic Values
July 2, 2012

Abigail Clauhs (United States) on Global Effervescence: Why the Olympics Are The World's Flash Mob
June 29, 2012

Ramon Clayton (Jamaica) on Olympic Values in Today’s World
June 28, 2012

Joe LaRose (United States) on How Olympic Values Foster Respectful International Competition and Dialogue
June 27, 2012

Bianca Benitez (Paraguay) on The Value of the Olympic Games in the Twenty-First Century
June 26, 2012

Kevin Huang (United States) on Diplomacy and Olympic Values
June 25, 2012

Carmen Hofhuis (Australia) on Olympism - To Be Treasured and Respected By All
June 22, 2012

Anna Poteshkina (Russia) on How Paralympic Athletes Can Connect with the World Through Social Media
June 21, 2012

Tyler S. Bugg (United States) on How Public Art Can Promote Olympic Values
June 20, 2012

Evangelos Alexandrakis (United Kingdom) on How to Be an Olympian Yourself!
June 19, 2012

Krystle Corpuz (United States) on Living with Passion and Purpose
June 18, 2012

Benedict Mutimba (Algeria) on Engaging Youth through Sport
June 15, 2012

Farzana Fayeq (Afghanistan) on the Ways Olympic Values Can Inspire a National Focus on the Future
June 14, 2012

Charlotte Davis (New Zealand) on the Role of Olympic Values in Alleviating Poverty
June 12, 2012

Goy Phumtim (United States) on Using Social Media to Spread Olympic Values Worldwide
June 12, 2012

Kavya Srinivasan (India) on the Triumph of Respect, Friendship, and Excellence Over Socially Constructed Barriers
June 12, 2012

Jimmy Manyanga (Zimbabwe) on Using Olympic Values Education to Promote Global Unity
June 11, 2012

Kathleen Yu (Philippines) on Constructive Action Inspired by Olympic Values
June 11, 2012

With the opening ceremonies in London just hours away, why not engage in a bit of crystal ball gazing to distract us from the TV build up.

The 2016 games will be hosted by Rio, with Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul on the short list for 2020.

But what about 2024? A mere 12 years away (we all know time flies when you're not watching kettles boil), there's still time for India to put in a bid, or more realistically look towards 2028.

Delhi did consider a 2020 bid but rejected this in 2009, just before it hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Is it time for India to start thinking about hosting the Olympics? Reuters

At the moment, there's no suggestion of future Olympic bids, and the prospect of cost is significant and rightly off putting. Even if the buildings cost nothing, the security bill for modern Olympic and Paralympic games is obscene.
All that money could lift tens of thousands or more out of poverty, provide essential infrastructure and likely create more business opportunities than relying on a few construction contracts.

Officially, the Olympics and Paralympics are about more than money. They are supposed to be a celebration of sport.
Countries such as Australia created comprehensive sports development programmes to find, nurture and enhance the potential athletes of the future, to the benefit a wide swathe of the population.

Canada's "own the podium" project in advance of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver had a similar goal. But winter sports generally require more expensive equipment and requires many athletes to move home to proper training facilities. In a country as small as the UK, being far from home isn't that far. In Canada, distance is significant, and that can affect athletic mentality, especially in the young.

India would need a variety of training facilities for multiple sports to find and develop as many athletes as possible in advance of hosting a games. It would need to decide that merely hosting is not enough, and that they need to create a national celebration of sport that involves both elite and amateur athletes.

Can India afford an Olympics and Paralympics? Yes and no. Yes, there's money - any country can cook their books sufficiently to host the games.

The 2004 games helped drive Greece into the ground. It's risky. And realistically, too many people at the "top" would benefit, and the Indian public would not.

But one of the benefits of considering a bid is a very public debate about sport in a community and nation. London won its bid for 2012 by talking about "legacy", an over-used word that really means trying to get more young people into sport and regenerate a run-down part of London. The prospect on both fronts isn't tremendous as yet. It will take decades to know the benefit of the games. And with the Olympic park set to be closed after the games for at least 18 months to convert it to permanent public use, it has been pointed out there's a real risk of London feeling disconnected from the event it hosted.

The Daily Mail, simultaneously celebrating and denigrating the Olympics, focused this week on the state of Delhi's Commonwealth Games infrastructure .

Sarajevo's stadium from the 1984 Winter Olympics is in poor shape too - but it has a war as an excuse. What's Delhi's excuse? It's not all about the stadium, but it's part of that "legacy" - a place and an inspiration for sport for all.

India would be right to look, again, at how to get young people involved in sport, what facilities are in place for public services, transport, security - it's like doing an audit for the purposes of figuring out how you would handle the world's biggest sporting event.

Yes, you should care about all those fundamentals of a city, 24/7, 365 days a year. But far too many civic leaders the world over don't. If it requires a potential Olympic bid to consider, and publicly acknowledge, the gaps and failures you have to address before the world's spotlight falls upon you, then that's beneficial.

There is no doubt India will host the Olympics someday. Just as China had to eventually, as the world's most populous nation, the sub-continent and Africa are the last continents yet to host Olympic and Paralympic games. It's only a matter of time. If only for the sake of the health of cities for future generations, it is worth considering those bids now.


Published Date: Jul 27, 2012 09:26 AM | Updated Date: Jul 27, 2012 11:18 AM

Tags :#2012 London Olympics#Commonwealth Games#India#Infrastructure#Olympics#OnOurMind#Sports

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