After weeks of acrimony over organisational matters, the 2010 Commonwealth Games organisers and their international bosses on Friday chalked out a compromise formula to sort out their disputes and pledged to work together for the success of the Delhi Games.
After a marathon peace meeting between Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Michael Fennell and Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, a carefully worded joint statement was issued which largely spoke of the need to work together for the success of next year's sporting extravaganza.
Although the joint statement did not specify what decisions the two had taken during the much-awaited meeting, sources in the Organising Committee said that CGF CEO Mike Hooper will continue to remain in New Delhi to oversee the preparations of the Games. But the proposal to form an independent monitoring panel to oversee the preparations of the October 3-14 Games has been put on hold for the time being.
The Organising Committee had rejected the proposal and the development to put it on hold is seen as reconciliation on the part of the CGF, the parent body of the Games.
“It is agreed that there have been misunderstandings and unfortunate media statements and reports that have created a regrettable set of circumstances,” the joint statement, aimed at making a public show of unity, said.
“However, we feel that is critical that our attention is focussed entirely on those functional areas that are essential to the successful celebration of the Games in 2010 and no useful purpose would be served by spending precious time on those issues and we will put this behind us,” the joint statement issued by Fennell and Kalmadi said. “We have agreed that we will continue to work together as partners, fully recognising and respecting our individual roles and ensuring that our attention is not diverted from meeting all the targets that have been agreed upon.”
The meeting of the two top officials took place immediately after the Queen's Baton relay and was initiated by India's Sport Minister M S Gill.
Hooper and Kalmadi were engaged in a bitter public spat a few days back in New Delhi.