Finally, some words of appreciation from the Commonwealth Games Federation. After some scathing attacks on the Delhi Commonwealth Games prior to the Opening Ceremony on an unhygienic Games Village, CGF chief Mike Fennell said, “Delhi has delivered a fantastic event.”
Even Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi applauded all, especially the population of Delhi, for the grand success.
Fennell also said that the athletes were happy with all the efforts Delhi had made to make them feel at home. “The feeling we got is that the athletes are, by and large, happy with all things,” he said. And the events too were complimented. “The competitions went well, and it was a comfortable and satisfactory experience. The venues were of very high standards and some were even exceptional.”
Fennell, for whom security had been of paramount concern, said, “I have the highest praise for the security arrangements, and while it has been too stringent at times, it is better to err on the side of caution.”
Games volunteers also received a special mention. “I also applaud the 22000-strong volunteer force. They have been appreciated across the board, as their enthusiasm, dedication and attention to the people has been exceptional,” Fennell added.
Kalmadi, meanwhile, said “Our primary job was to host the Games and that we have done it with great success.”