Whisky ban leaves guests high & dry

first_imgThe presiding deities of the Commonwealth Games Village seem to believe in an axiom that used to be often repeated in old Hindi films: whisky is risky.It shows in the choice of alcoholic beverages – just beer and wine – that is as uninspiring as the dcor of the only bar that serves the 6,600 residents of the Village from one inconspicuous corner of the International Zone.The choice hasn’t gone down well with delegates and coaches, who can afford to imbibe, unlike the athletes they lead. A South African delegate echoed the prevailing sentiment when he said on the condition of anonymity, ” I have been to various countries and all of them run full bars.Athletes are responsible enough to stay away from alcohol before their events and the officials must have the freedom to drink what they like.Delegates recalled with nostalgia the well-stocked bars operating at different venues at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. One of them said the Games Village in Beijing had a liquor store in addition to a wellprovisioned bar.Why, they wondered, were they being denied this little pleasure at the Games Village in Delhi? The bar offerings are limited to Sula and Nine Hills wines (Rs 900 per bottle and Rs 200 per glass) to pints of Kingfisher (Rs 100) and Corona (Rs 200). No self- respecting bar can get away with this limited menu.Village mayor Dalbir Singh is unfazed by such criticism. “No one has come up to me and said he wanted to have ‘hard alcohol’,” Singh said, adding in his defence: “Most countries serve beef at such events but it’s not on our menu. It’s just a country thing.”advertisementHe went on to say that “foreigners don’t like drinking whisky” – a view not shared by the delegates this correspondent spoke to. “The officials who wish to drink can go to the various restaurants in the city,” Singh suggested. But the delegates aren’t amused.last_img

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