Aiyar, who appeared to make a doomsday prophecy on the success of the October 3-14 Games going by the state of preparedness, also said on Tuesday that anyone who was patronising the Games cannot be anything but evil. Aiyars outspoken comments, which could stoke a controversy, came on a cloudy day with rain showers lashing many parts of the Capital causing problems to Games preparations.
I am delighted in a way because rains are causing difficulties for the Commonwealth Games. Basically, I will be very unhappy, if the Games are successful because then, they will start bringing Asian Games, Olympic Games and all these, the former union sports minister told reporters outside Parliament.
The remarks by Aiyar, a vocal critic of the Commonwealth Games, come at a time when the Centre, the Delhi government and the organisers are keeping their fingers crossed. Those who are patronising the Games can only be evil. They cannot be God, Aiyar said. Mr Mani Shankar Aiyar, nobody can spoil the Commonwealth Games. Things are on track, stadiums have been built. If Mr Mani Shankar had continued to be the sports minister, probably we would not have seen these stadiums, Kalmadi said.