September 2010 Archives
So bring it on, Delhi. I'm ready for some character development!
Those are the wise words of my dad, and I've learned to tell the difference between bad pain and good pain, and to push the limits of enduring the latter.
Every girl in the Commonwealth Games pool will be dealing with some kind of pain. Time to find out who can handle it the best.
It's just over a week to go until the Commonwealth Games swim meet starts, and Delhi is still getting bad press.
In order to combat any negative thoughts that dare to sneak their way into my psyche, I am focusing on everything that, so far, has been going right for me.
I propped the butt of the gun in my armpit and focused on my target. Through the magnified viewfinder, the black dot ten meters away was still only a few millimeters wide. And with every heartbeat, my crosshairs did figure eights along the wall around it.
The glistening towers of Hiranandani Gardens, made famous by the Slumdog Millionaire movie, are surrounded by neatly trimmed parks and lofty palm trees. It seems hardly the place to take a dip into India's ancient past.
In my first blog entry in this series I lamented how India has always eluded me. Now, she seems to be trying her best to do it again: engineering failures, incomplete residences, flooded streets and an outbreak of dengue fever to name a few of her tactics.
The rich and the poor. The urban and the rural. The corrupt and the idealistic. You get modern and middle age within a kilometre, within a block, within a sentence. And fittingly, you either love India or you hate it.
"Lalbaug Ganpati jana hai." I directed the taxi driver, a chubby and jovial man with thick eyebrows and a thicker mustache, towards Mumbai's celebrated Ganesh idol.
Free time is hard to come by, but when I get some I like to spend it creating art. I have equally high ambitions in that field.
I get asked all the time why athletes date other athletes. In my opinion, it all comes down to support.
But frankly I had waited (semi-) patiently for two days in the dilapidated office surrounded by lopsided 1980s tourist photographs, and I wasn't sure how much more "wait" I had in me. Getting a journalist visa to cover the Commonwealth Games was proving harder than I imagined.
But going to India to compete for Canada is an amazing opportunity. I don't want to miss out on that. We just need to be cautious and smart.
Sports Day in Canada is the brainchild of three organizations that have come together to support all levels of sport, from the grassroots beginner all the way up to the Olympic medallist. The CBC, TrueSport and ParticipACTION have joined forces to help communities recognize the power of sport and how it supports healthy lifestyles, builds social bonds and strengthens our national spirit.
I've been training hard to make the Commonwealth Games successful, and I'm aiming for nothing less than the top. I'll be extremely disappointed with anything less than a podium finish in Delhi.
I don't generally associate India with raging athletic prowess. Besides the country's cricket team, a handful of wrestlers and a couple of wealthy shooters (with their own private shooting ranges), India rarely makes an impact on the international scene.
While in Paris last week for the badminton world championships, I took the opportunity to ask two of my friends from the Indian team what they thought.
I have the privilege to be on Canada's 2010 Commonwealth Games team. In case you don't know, the Commonwealth Games will be held in Delhi, India from Oct. 3 through Oct. 14. So I have less than a month to go.
Funny thing is, it all started with a mistake.
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