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Don't mix politics with sports: Athletes on Ayodhya verdict

delhi Updated: Sep 30, 2010 23:15 IST

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Most of the athletes living in the Commonwealth Games Village welcomed Allahabad High Court verdict on Ayodhya issue, asking people to maintain calm and not to include politics with Games.

Clouds of apprehensions were soon removed from the minds of the most of the athletes here, who were anxiously awaiting for the pronouncement of the judgement, since their arrival in the country.

"We are very happy with the judgement. The security here is very good. We are here for sports. Sports is to bring peace and politics should not be mixed with it," said Igwe Tobias, Kenya team official.

"Security here is good and there is nothing to worry about," he added.

For Kurties Tulia, athlete from Samoa, also voiced the same views.

"There is good security apparatus made for us. We feel safe here. The verdict has nothing to worry about," he said.

Allahabad High Court today ruled by majority that the disputed land in Ayodhya be divided into three parts to be distributed among the Sunni Waqf Board, Nirmohi Akhara and the party for 'Ram Lalla'.

Justice S U Khan, Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Justice D V Sharma carried out the proceedings to pronounce the judgement in the Ayodhya title suit.

"We are living comfortably here. Though I saw most of the people discussing about the verdict but I did not find anything to trouble me. I am happy with the security and arrangements here," said an athlete from Australia.

Over 5,000 athletes and their support staff from about 56 nations are staying at the Games Village to participate in fortnight-long sporting extravaganza scheduled to begin from Sunday.

However, security forces have ensured tight security in and around the Commonwealth Games Village and competition venues to avoid any untoward incident.