chapter  8
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Appu on Television: The 1982 Asiad and the Creation of a New Indian Public

Rarely has a sporting event so fundamentally transformed a country as the 1982 Delhi Asian Games transformed India. Most global sports events change the physical infrastructure of the cities they are held in, with positive or negative consequences in the long term. In the West Indies, for instance, the IMF says that the massive construction for the disastrous 2007 Cricket World Cup unleashed such consequences that the Carribbean islands will take years to recover.3 Similarly, the large-scale housing built for the 2000 Sydney Olympics shot up real-estate prices in Australia’s largest city to unprecedented levels after the Games and they have never gone down since.4