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Dogs, traffic halt marathoners
Times of India
BANGALORE: "A man runs fastest when chased by a dog!" This was the response from an athlete who clocked his best timing in the Bangalore International Marathon on Sunday.
Just as the participants approached the 20-km mark on the service road in Kalyan Nagar, it was not the cheering crowds that greeted them, but barking dogs eager to snap at their heels. The first to bear the brunt were athletes from Kenya and Ethiopia, who were in the lead.
"It was very scary. Never in my career had I come across such a situation. It took me a while to recover from the shock," said Kenya’s Makau Nzioka, who finished second.
Such incidents raise a critical question: Is Bangalore ready to host such mega athletic events? Bangalore has hosted four "international" marathons with impressive response from participants. But the city as a whole hasn’t warmed to the concept. This was evident when motorists crossed the athletes’ path on many roads and many grew impatient when the police stopped traffic to make way for the athletes.
Another blunder that could have avoided is that of athletes being forced to take a break, thanks to chaotic traffic. The first instance was near Ulsoor lake when the winner, Ngira Nyaga, had to halt when the traffic moved, thanks to a policeman’s negligence who failed to notice the Kenyan approaching.
Another instance was near Cubbon Park, where the athletes were left twiddling their thumbs for almost 10 minutes, courtesy a traffic jam. The previous three editions too have had their share of problems with foreign athletes complaining about potholes and pollution.
On the other hand, cities like Mumbai and New Delhi, which took to hosting international marathons after Bangalore, have only success stories to tell about their events. Roads are barricaded and blocked in advance. The city as a whole — including celebrities from all walks of life — participates. On the other hand, on Sunday, it was a no-show from Bangalore celebrities, including prominent sportspersons.
It is a shame that foreign athletes are forced to take back memories of traffic jams, stray dogs and pollution.
The police who were assigned to do the job should be fired and the organizers should demand for the city to do better job. Block of the intersection early morning or around midnight. It’s unfair for the athletes who have to go through all this crazy crap. It’s also very difficult to keep up your tempo when you have to stopped and go… All African athletes should refuse to go run there unless they are guarantee that the road will be safe for them to run…
kegna yebasem ale ende?
That was really funny!
If Meles is competing in Marathon, all his coach has to do is, yell at him “shaebia deresebih, ere liyizuh new, weyne gudih fella zarie,” and you will find Meles braking all World records.
Well that was a joke!
It is good no athlet, be it from Kenya, Ethiopia or anywhere is not biten by those rabbid dogs of “Mekele”
Oops, correction “Bangalore”
Z mike I am glad you are not a man who make that decison to fire the poor police. Don’t forget that India a democratic country not Ethiopia ruled by ur corrupt groups.
I can’t get mad at this. It is truly hilarious. India, after 400 years under the British remains Indian. That is not necessarily a bad achievement.
the rat which needs die it goes to smell the noes of cat
What do u expect its India.
lol thats funny and Crazy
read the article! don’t make stupid comments. There is no need for your remarks about what I said.
Frankly, its very FUNNY… Get your slef some and don’t forget to . Do you wake up dreaming about EPRDF? what a loser. This is sport not politics…
That was… LOL! I been to the city, crazy jammed.
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