September 2, 2008
The president of Indian Olympic Association, Suresh Kalmadi, has recently said that he doesn’t want to see T 20 Cricket being played in the Commonwealth Games. He also added that India will definitely bid for the Olympic Games of 2020.
Kalmadi told the press reporters that though Indian Olympic association proposed the inclusion of cricket in its new T20 cricket format in the Games during bidding, but he himself is not a fan of cricket.
He feels that especially with India, a country that worships cricket, if cricket is added in the games then it will grab all the attention. Kalmadi expressed his desire to bid for the 2020 Olympic after a good show in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
But interestingly, Kalmadi has confessed the fact that lack of scientific training is a big obstacle to the success of India in the Olympic Games. Government has already announced a Rs 700 crore for a proper training for the Indian players for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
2008 Olympic has shown the amount of talent India has in Boxing and the president also urges the armed forces as well as the policemen to encourage more number of sportsmen.
The main reason for fear of MR. Kalmadi is that, if cricket is included in the Commonwealth games or the Olympic games, he might loose the control over the Indian Olympic association, as BCCI will dominate the Indian Olympic association because of the simple reason, cricket is religion in India and if inculd3ed in commonwealth games, it will be one man show, where we can only see T20 cricket every where.