CWG: Delhiites ready to come out and watch?

The FICCI survey says people in the city now wish to see a successful Games and there is a general acknowledgement that the event will catalyse the development of sports infrastructure in the country and create job opportunities.

The survey was conducted among 321 people in Delhi and the National Capital Region, of which 65 per cent were aged between 17-25 years and 35 per cent were working professionals comprising doctors, professors, investors and businessmen.

The survey said 69 per cent of the respondents believed that the event has catalysed the development of sports infrastructure in Delhi which otherwise would not have happened. 61 per cent of respondents are confident that CWG will lead to the creation of job opportunities in the country.

There is a confidence amongst people for economic growth post-CWG as most of the working professionals believe that industries like hospitality, tourism, infrastructure will get a boost as a result of the event, the FICCI said, releasing the findings of the survey.
Mostly respondents were of opinion that CWG 2010 will make a positive contribution to economic growth in the long run, it said.

The survey findings are noteworthy as construction activities, incessant rains, outbreak of dengue and conjunctivitis and security concerns had raised question marks over India's capabilities and preparedness for hosting this international event.
The survey said 74 per cent people expect Delhi to be a better place to live after the Games.

Almost 50 per cent said that they would go out and watch the Games. However there was a discernible discontent towards marketing of the events.

Thirty-one per cent respondents said they were optimistic that the event will improve India's positioning as an international investment hub and will act as a catalyst in marketing brand India.

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