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Preparedness of 2010 Games far from satisfactory: Hooper

india Updated: Oct 16, 2009 12:42 IST

Miffed by the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee removing him from the post of 2010 CWG Chief Executive, Mike Hooper has struck back by declaring that the preparedness of the mega-event was far from satisfactory.

Asked whether he would say Delhi was not well prepared for the Games, Hooper said, "Well, I think it's understatement
of the year. I mean it very clearly.

"(CGF chief) Mr Michael Fennell had laid down the concerns of the CGF on Monday at the media conference. He made it clear that at most we are confident by the assurances we have received from the agencies regarding mainly delivery and construction," Hooper said.

Hooper was yesterday removed by the 2010 CWG OC from the position of the CEO of the mega event with Indian Olympic Association chief Suresh Kalmadi terming the Kiwi of "no use".

The CGF chief Michael Fennell on Friday issued a statement rejecting the Games Organising Committee's decision to remove Hooper.

Hooper said he was not inclined to engage in a public spat but disappointed with the comments of Kalmadi.

"I have no desire to give in to a public spat with Mr Kalmadi. I express disappointment at his comments," he told

The CGF chief Executive said instead of a blame game, all the stakeholders should work together towards the job at hand.