date with olympics: Work pressure forces Puneites to shelve London plans

The excitement about the upcoming Olympics is palpable in the city,but Puneites have been too bogged down with work to take a break and witness the event live in London.

Written by Anjali Jhangiani | Published: July 27, 2012 3:57:52 am

The excitement about the upcoming Olympics is palpable in the city,but Puneites have been too bogged down with work to take a break and witness the event live in London. “I was in London just two months ago to write my second book. I witnessed the build-up to the Olympics there. I had to come back to Pune to finish the book so I couldn’t stay in London longer,” says Sudha Menon,city-based author. “My parents are with my sister who lives in London. They keep telling me how wonderful it is to be part of history in the making. I am jealous of them right now,but I will watch the events on television.”

The timing of the Olympics,which are beginning just after the end of summer vacation,is another reason Puneites cite for not being able to make it to London. “Work has piled up after the slack period during summer vacation. So I’ll have to catch the Olympics on TV,” says Vastupal Ranka,director,Ranka Jewellers.

For IT professionals,applying for leave is a problem. “We hardly get approved leaves; I wanted to go for the Olympics but couldn’t,” says Navdeep Tupe,an IT professional. “I will be following Olympics updates on the Internet and pray that India bags more gold medals this time.”

Regular updates,live screenings and special highlights make it easy for sports fans to follow Olympics on TV. “I am a huge sports fan,but I don’t like each and every Olympic discipline. Going to London to watch the Olympics is such a gamble. You have to apply to watch the events. What if I wanted to watch the swimming championships but got tickets for women’s wrestling or a sport that I have no interest in? I would rather watch the events I want to on television,” says socialite Monika Trivedi.

However,for some Olympics enthusiasts,the epic event must be witnessed live at all costs. Entrepreneurs Ajay and Saaz Aggarwal have booked tickets for shooting,boxing,wrestling,badminton and archery,to be held at the Olympic Stadium in London. “Ajay has been a supporter of the NGO Olympic Gold Quest. He has raisde funds for them to motivate their sportspeople. He was determined to go and applied for tickets online. It was a long and tedious process,with innumerable rejections,but he got them in the end,” says Saaz,who is excited about watching the Olympics live for the first time.

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