2 Canadian archers pull out of GamesSeptember 23rd, 2010 - 9:18 am ICT by IANS
By Gurmukh Singh
Toronto, Sep 23 (IANS) After Canada Wednesday told some of its athletes to delay proceeding to the Commonwealth Games because of “unliveable” conditions at the athletes’ village, two Canadian archers pulled out of the sporting event citing safety and health concerns.
Kevin Tataryn and Dietmar Trillus said they will not be going to New Delhi any more, according to coach Richard Towler. They join Australian discus thrower Dani Samuels and England triple jumper Phillips Idowu who have decided to pull out of the Games for security reasons.
Canada’s heavyweight boxing champion Samir El-Mais also hinted that he too might pull out of the event.
The boxer, who is to leave for India with six other pugilists Saturday, said he was scared of going to Delhi after hearing about conditions in the sports village.
“It’s kind of scared me. Will I feel safe, probably not, but we are guests there, they have to take care of us,” the boxer was quoted as saying.
Earlier in the day, Commonwealth Games Canada told some of its athletes to delay their journey to Commonwealth Games beginning Oct 3, saying a decision will be taken once it is confident their sportspersons are “safe and healthy.”
The Canadian women’s field hockey team, three shooters and several members of the delegation’s mission staff were scheduled to leave for New Delhi Wednesday.
“We cannot put (athletes) in rooms unless we are confident they are safe and healthy,” Canadian chef de mission Martha Deacon told CTV news channel.
“The (Games) village is a challenge. A great variety of rooms and towers in the village need some significant, very rushed last minute work. There are some rooms in the buildings and towers that, with great effort in the next several days, may be acceptable to our athletes,” he said.
Commonwealth Games Canada officials said their advance team in India found construction sites strewn with debris and human excrement and toilets not flushing.
They said the collapse of a pedestrian bridge near the main Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the attack on two foreign tourists in Delhi and fears of an outbreak of Dengue fever have heightened their concern about the safety of athletes.
Commonwealth Games Canada president Andrew Pipe said Wednesday that he was only “cautiously optimistic” about improvement in living conditions at the Games’ village.
“We are working closely with our national sport organization partners, and some of them have decided to delay their departures,” he told the news channel.
“All of that logistical work is ongoing, and in response to what we find on the ground. Clearly we have had to deal with some very specific and very unique challenges - challenges which, unfortunately, we have been talking about for months with the Indian authorities.”
(Gurmukh Singh can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)
- 2 more athletes pull out, but 400-strong Canadian team coming - Sep 29, 2010
- Top athlete withdrawals from Delhi CWG will devalue medals: Archery Australia chief - Sep 24, 2010
- Canada orders CWG athletes to delay trip to New Delhi - Sep 23, 2010
- Now Canada complains about Games ceremonies - Oct 03, 2010
- More athletes, officials arrive for Commonwealth Games - Sep 26, 2010
- Angry Canada hints at pulling out of Games - Sep 22, 2010
- 1100 athletes arrive in Delhi: Canada set to welcome boxers, lawn bowlers in Village - Sep 30, 2010
- Canada happy at Games village progress, athletes to reach Sunday - Sep 24, 2010
- Canadian media grudgingly admits Delhi Games' success - Oct 15, 2010
- CWG on track - amid criticism and cyclists pulling out (Afternoon Lead) - Sep 24, 2010
- As athletes begin arriving, CWG finally on track (Night Lead) - Sep 24, 2010
- Commonwealth Games finally on track, athletes begin arriving (Evening Lead) - Sep 24, 2010
- Top nations undecided on CWG participation (Roundup) - Sep 22, 2010
- India's ascendancy at Games stumps Canada - Oct 11, 2010
- Freshly unmasked swanky Kiwi athletes CWG village tower 'anything but unlivable' - Oct 02, 2010
Tags: advance team, athletes village, canadian chef, canadian women, chef de mission, coach richard, commonwealth games, construction sites, dietmar, discus thrower, field hockey team, health concerns, heavyweight boxing champion, human excrement, mission staff, phillips idowu, pugilists, samuels, sports village, triple jumper