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Another Aussie player pulls out

other Updated: Sep 28, 2010 00:37 IST

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Defending women's hockey champion Australia will be without key defender Kobie McGurk for the Oct 3-14 Comonwealth Games. McGurk has pulled out due to a stress facture in her foot.

McGurk’s pullout follows that of another defender Teneal Attard who suffered an injury during the Australian league. The defence is already depleted since the retirement of veteran fullback Kim Walker.

Nineteen-year-old Anna Flanagan, who made her international debut this year, will replace McGurk.

“It is obviously disappointing to lose Kobie because she is such an integral part of our defence and has been a senior player for us for some time. She also added something to us in terms of penalty corners so that will be difficult to replace her,” said Hockeyroos coach Frank Murray.

Hooper’s Rs 4,50,000 rent paid by OC

Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper’s lifestyle has come under the scanner with a TV channel claiming that the organising committee is spending a huge sum of tax-payers money on him. The channel claimed that Hooper has been living a lavish lifestyle in New Delhi, courtesy the Indian taxpayer.

The cost of Hooper’s accommodation for the last 26 months at a whooping Rs 4,50,000, paid on a quarterly basis, the channel claimed.

African diplomats ask oc to do more

African diplomats Monday asked the Commonwealth Games OC to make more efforts to clean up the accommodation for athletes.

The diplomats from the African group of Commonwealth nations had visited the Village for the second consecutively day Monday evening in order to ensure that the flats have been made habitable.

“We have no quarrel with anything except for the rooms, which have to be made habitable. They still need to be cleaned thoroughly,” said an African diplomat.While some of the teams have arrived and are staying in the Village, not all the residential towers have been cleaned up to satisfaction.

Airtel offers million in sponsorship

In a boost to the crisis-ridden CWG, telecom major Airtel is understood to have offered sponsorship of USD 1 million (about R 4.5 crore) to the organisers. According to sources, talks were held between the firm and the Organising Committee (OC) of the CWG, which will be held here from October 3-14. When contacted, a company spokesperson declined to comment.