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Technology a concern for CWG bodies

That network and technology integration are key elements in the success of the Commonwealth Games was highlighted when Mike Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, brought up the issues in his media briefing on Thursday.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2010 00:22 IST
HT Correspondent

That network and technology integration are key elements in the success of the Commonwealth Games was highlighted when Mike Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, brought up the issues in his media briefing on Thursday.

Fennell had completed site visits of all 17-competition venues and though he said the venues were "by and large ready", he added that technology was a major concern.

"From the operational point of view, the technology for scoring, timing, etc, is not in place. This has to be monitored carefully, as it is integral to the conduct of many events. Some of the equipment has arrived; other things will only come after the Youth Olympics in Singapore. We have to be in a state of readiness where when the equipment arrives, all we have to do is plug it in."

The sentiment was mirrored in the agenda for the 27th meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) for the Commonwealth Games, to be held here on Friday.

"Network and technology integration is a key item for the success of the Games. Its criticality cannot be over emphasized. There is also heavy inter-dependence among various agencies for the installation of components, overall integration and commissioning of systems," according to the agenda.

The GoM is of the view that the systems must be in place by August 31, so that testing could begin on September 1.

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Meanwhile Fennell downplayed Dawn Fraser's fears of a Munich-like terror attack during the CWG here, saying the Australian swimming legend was not sufficiently informed to make such a statement.

"It has been dealt with by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association. We should respect freedom of speech but I think she is not sufficiently informed to make such a statement," Fennell said at the press meet.