Fennell’s 24-hour deadline to set Games Village in orderSeptember 21st, 2010 - 2:50 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, Sep 21 (IANS) Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell Tuesday said that parts of the Commonwealth Games Village are still not fit for the accommodation of athletes and asked the Organising Committee to take “quick action” in the next 24 hours to set it right before the athletes start arriving Thursday.
Fennell, who had raised concerns about the Village during his visit last month, has written a letter to Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar, the government’s pointsperson for the Games preparations, expressing his concerns over the Village.
“I am expecting some serious action in the next 24 hours. We have been waiting for the Village to be ready before the athletes arrive but we have not seen any action so far,” Fennell said Tuesday.
“I raised the matter with authorities. The Village residential zone needs a lot of attention. It needs to be fixed urgently. The athletes come first,” he added.
In his letter to Chandrashekar, Fennell wrote: “The Village is the cornerstone of any Games and the athletes deserve the best possible environment to prepare for their competition.”
“The Village is the cornerstone of any Games and the athletes deserve the best possible environment to prepare for their competition,” he added.
“The condition of the residential zone has shocked the majority.”
Organising Committee vice chairman Randhir Singh admitted that there are certain issues to be addressed.
“There were some towers in the Village that was dirtied by labourers working there. Twenty-four hours is a long time and we will see to it that everything is in place before the athletes arrive. Everyone has appreciated the Village.”
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