Now, Friday's spate of meetings will decide how the Commonwealth Games will eventually pan out. The Commonwealth Games Federation chief, Mike Fennell, had to make a hasty visit to India after some of the foreign delegates complained about the games village.
Fennell reached India on Thursday afternoon and was whisked away to his hotel room, away from the media's glare. Speaking to HT, Mike Hooper, the chief executive of the CGF, said Fennell would visit the Games Village in the morning and would then meet the CGAs to address their concerns about the conditions in the Village.
Though he blamed all Indian stakeholders in the Games for the delays that contributed to the mess, the CGF seemed to be satisfied with the progress made in the last couple of days. “Let's not get into this right now. Things are where they are,” he said. “By what we have heard and seen today, things have started to improve. The Delhi CM has also visited the site and the OC has shown some urgency to address the issues.”
The CGF also said according to the some of the delegates most of their requirements have been met and by Friday things would improve further. Some of the advance parties are already in the Capital and according to Hooper the positive development was that the Welsh and Scottish teams had already confirmed their participation. “Even the Australians are here,” he said.