first_imgGuwahati might have hosted the bulk of the events, Guwahati might have hosted the bulk of the events, including that of athletics but as far as the crowd share was concerned Shillong was way ahead. “Guwahati is a big city and the venues there were spread out. Shillong being a small and sport-loving place, we got an amazing response,” he said pointing out the India-Nepal womens football final which registered a record turnout of more than 20,000 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. “Never before the stadium witnessed such an electrifying atmosphere. We have had I-League matches here but never before we saw such an atmosphere. And that too in a womens football match. It was a real festive fervour,” said the 1983 Assam-Meghalaya cadre IPS officer. He further pointed out that there was a big rush in badminton and boxing venues where tickets were sold out well in advance, though the capacity was restricted to only 500. “Thats the best possible place in the city where we could host the event and we cant do much about the capacity,” he said. The just-concluded SAG, however, was not glitch free and the website that serves as the information hub had come in for a lot of criticism. “We tried our best but there remained some glitches. This is an important experience for all of us. But it really speaks volumes about our organising capability considering that we got just 60 days time to get everything ready,” he signed off, thanking about 1000-odd volunteers and officials who worked day in and day out to make the Games a success. PTI TAP SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more