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More protests, cycling body angry at SAI

The Cycling Federation of India (CFI) is miffed with Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials for their indifferent attitude towards cyclists competing in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

india Updated: Sep 24, 2010 00:35 IST

The Cycling Federation of India (CFI) is miffed with Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials for their indifferent attitude towards cyclists competing in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

"We (CFI) strongly condemn the approach of SAI towards us," said CFI president Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa. Despite repeated requests for procuring cycles for the the last two years, SAI paid no heed. "Our players were provided cycles only ten days back...players who were practising were later asked to deposit the equipments, including cycles, by SAI officials," a furious Dhindsa said.

Dhindsa, who is also the chairman of Commonwealth Games advisory committee, said that the CFI had sought 86 cycles, but SAI gave only 42, and that too with "incomplete accessories".

Expressing satisfaction with the cycling track for the Games, Dhindsa said that the track has been approved by the international body. Dhindsa also demanded a time-bound probe into allegations of corruption against various agencies after the Games.

"The guilty should not be spared. The probe should be completed within a stipulated time," he said.

Canada on the fence?

Toronto: Canada will review whether to send its atheletes to Delhi and has instructed its sportspersons to delay their departures. Canadian Broadcaster CBC said their Games officials are monitoring the situation."We're keeping a close pulse on (questions of) is this safe," chef de mission Martha Deacon told CBC News.