Well, if the venerable “Times of India” is to be believed, that is.
And I quote :
“The half marathon, covering a distance of about 21km (fair enough, it’s actually 21.097. But it doesn’t take much to verify your facts these days. Google it, mister…) started at 7.30 (no, it didn’t. The last batch set off at 7.11) and ended by 9.30 (dunno, I had finished my race by then, but it certainly seemed to me that there were still a good many folk running at that stage, so I very much doubt it finished then…). It covered Lodhi Road, India Gate, Rajpath and CONNAUGHT PLACE, among other areas.”
Oh no! Can you credit it? I missed Connaught Place, folks. How on earth did that happen? How could I be so stupid?
Yes, yes, obviously I didn’t miss CP, because obviously CP wasn’t part of the route. But it all goes to show how sloppy, sloppy, and did I mention sloppy, the level of reporting can be here.
OK, we get it, a half marathon isn’t cricket, and so isn’t actually considered to be sport with a capital S.
And since it’s not cricket, I suppose the theory goes that it’s therefore not of that much interest to most people, but damn it, can’t you at least get your facts straight? All they had to do was go onto the ADHM website and get all the info they needed.
And, of course, there remains the $64000 question…
If the press can’t even report a half marathon correctly, what else are they getting wrong?
How much of my morning news should I believe?
And, before I sign off for the evening, I have the following observation to make : as an elderly participant, I am distinctly miffed that I didn’t get the treatment reported in the same newspaper:
“Despite presence of celebrities like cricketer Gautam Gambhir and actors Bipasha Basu and Vinod Khanna, the elders were the star of the event. They were greeted by bystanders and even by on-duty volunteers with cheering claps.”
You know what, I am beginning to wonder if perhaps I wasn’t at a different event altogether, and that there was something for the wrinklies happening at Connaught Place.