Increasingly ominous reports coming out of India on the eve of the Commonwealth Games. It looks like India is seriously straining to meet international standards for this event. I know it's not quite the Olympics or World Cup, but it is interesting to see that India is having such big infrastructural problems hosting the games. It underscores just how taxing it can be to any but the wealthiest countries. India, the second most populous nation, the word's largest democracy, a regional military and politcal power, and a country with growing economic influence, still struggles to host a middle-sized athletics tournament. It highlights the poverty, government inertia and general gulf in living standards between the wealthiest nations and everyone else. Compare India's situation with recent tournaments in Greece and China (Olympics) as well as South Africa (World Cup). Those nations all had to adress criticism over their fitness to host large international sporting events with all the attendant demands on infrastructure. China and South Africa largely succeeded, but Greece bankrupted itself.