London to Rio
- Trouble mounts for Sreesanth as Mumbai cops gather more evidence
- SIT to seek Supreme Court guidance on Maya Kodnani death penalty issue
- Tamil Nadu police bans Yasin Malik-linked pro-Eelam public meeting
- Kings XI Punjab end IPL 2013 campaign with a win
- Narendra Modi: India losing sheen as agricultural nation
It was a 9 billion pound, largely glitch-free Games. Brazil has a lot to live up to
London 2012, estimates say, was the most expensive Games ever, with a projected cost of around 9.4 billion pounds, a fourfold increase on the original calculation. But considering the scale of the event and the media scrutiny it attracts, London 2012's largely glitch-free passage can be termed a fairly reasonable return on investment. True, the flag foul-up early on, reports of the inconvenience the Olympic bus lanes caused to the locals and a few half-empty stadiums, were issues. But they were all attended to long before they could really bite.
While 2012 was the third time London hosted the Olympics, Rio 2016 will be a pioneering effort, with the Games coming to the South American continent for the first time. London, as host city, brought with it impressions of courtesy and an instinctive recourse to rules. Rio will be bathed in a characteristically less formal, more festive vibe. Polite volunteers asking Usain Bolt to "stay in a straight line" before the 100m final or confiscating his skipping ropes before he enters the venue, it is safe to say, will not make an appearance in Rio. By virtue of being closer to the nerve centre of global politics, London also saw the Games being flogged for mileage by statesmen from either side of the Atlantic. Rio is expected to be free of such piggybacking.
- Destitute, orphan students outclass rest in Andhra Class 10 exams
- To re-energise ties, PM wants to visit US, waits for confirmation
- NIA court says no terror link, frees 'Hizbul militant' Liyaqat on bail
- CBI arrests its coal allotments investigator on bribery charge
- ‘Cricketer-bookie Amit may have used Jiju to reach Sree’
- BCCI chief N Srinivasan says police must prove spot-fixing allegations