October not a good month for athletics: Fennell
The month of October in not an ideal month to host the Commonwealth Games which may have been a reason behind top stars pulling out of the 19th edition of the meet, CGF chief Michael Fennell said today.delhi Updated: Oct 13, 2010 14:10 IST
The month of October in not an ideal month to host the Commonwealth Games which may have been a reason behind top stars pulling out of the 19th edition of the meet, CGF chief Michael Fennell said on Wednesday.
The Commonwealth Games Federation chief said they would ensure that Glasgow 2014 happen in some other month. The Games in Delhi saw sprint stars like Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell pulling out of the creme 100m event while swimming lacked some sheen with the absence of Australian world record holder Stephanie Rice.
"The month of October for the sport of athletics is not a good month, this may be one of the major elements why some big names are not here," Fennell said at the daily media interaction at Main Press Centre here today. "We will see how it can be addressed. We will remove this factor.
Glasgow will not be in October," the Jamaican said. Notwithstanding the controversies in the build-up, the Commonwealth Games have a bright future, Fennell said. "The future is pretty solid. Many have asked me about the future of the Games. Having seen the interest shown by the countries, the Games will have a fixed place in future.
There future of the Games is very strong. "Some big names had pulled out but the other big names have been here. There is more interest than ever before, competition has been very intense. "In most cases, you will find excitement... The response of public has been very good.
We have to address some concerns, in order to improve the product. We have a solid plan for Glasgow. The 2014 edition will be excellent," he said. The CGF supremo further said they were concerned about some athletes being treated badly during the opening ceremony.
"It was not only the Aussies who had problems. We would ensure that it's not repeated and how it can be safeguarded." Fennell further said they would ensure that the infrastructure was utilised after the Games get over. "We try to encourage full use of of the infrastructure after the Games.
The authorities have insisted that they would make full use of the facilities. If the legacy is of great value, it has to be used." Asked whether Suresh Kalmadi's dream of staging Olympics would materialise, Fennell said he was here as CGF chief so he could not comment on it.
"I had heard him (Kalmadi) saying he would discuss this after the Games. I didn't hear him say anything else," he said. Talking about the closing ceremony, Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot said it would be a spectacular show much like the opening one. "It's confidential, better not to disclose it. But it will be a spectacular ceremony like the opening ceremony," he said.
Giving an update on ticket sales, Bhanot said, "All tickets have been sold..." "The capacity of the JN Stadium, venue for the opening and closing ceremony, is 60,000.
Many were not available because of broadcasting. But a good number of seats have been sold." Asked about the charges of corruption ahead of the Games, Bhanot said: "There will be investigation, those were preliminary reports. The concerns raised by these agencies have been removed.
It needs to be investigated." Bhanot further said they would hope that the government continues with the special Commonwealth Games scheme for athletes' training and coaching. "There are some special schemes for the Games. These were to bring some foreign coaches.
There are normal schemes that continue throughout. But with the performance, we will propose the government to continue and provide more money for training of the athletes." Asked about the reported sexual harassment of volunteers, Bhanot said he had no information on the subject.