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Fennell visit pre-planned, not related to allegations: Bhanot

other Updated: Aug 04, 2010 21:00 IST

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Under-fire Delhi Commonwealth Games Organising Committee on Wednesday sought to project CGF chief Michael Fennell's impending visit to India later this month as a pre-planned one and not connected to the raging corruption allegations.

"Mike Fennell will come on a regular and scheduled visit. There will be no CGF Coordination Commission meeting. His visit is pre-planned. He will come before or after the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore (August 14-26). He is not coming earlier than that," Lalit Bhanot, OC secretary general and spokesperson, told reporters in New Delhi.

Fennell had expressed serious concerns about the corruption allegations on the Organising Committee, saying that "the image of the Games could not be damaged by corruption charges".

Bhanot disclosed that the Australian company Sports Marketing and Management, which is at the centre of a sponsorship deal controversy, does not have proper papers and hence has not been paid any money yet by the OC.

"I want to make it clear that OC has not paid anything to the SMAM. They have not come with proper papers and when they will come, we will see. We will do it whatever agreement provides," he said.

Bhanot also said that the OC would not exert pressure on engineers to complete the infrastructure work at venues.

"Work will be completed as per deadline," he said.

A K Saxena, Joint Director General Overlays and Procurement, refuted the reports in the media that the OC paid exorbitant amount to companies for treadmills to be used during the Games by the athletes.

"Treadmill shown in the media was a normal household one. Treadmill with us is of high-end costing USD 60,000. Those were used by athletes in Beijing Olympics. Companies have sent us proposal on July 25. OC is looking into it but we will now purchase the treadmill.

"The treadmills are not coming on rent basis. How many we will procure that we will inform later after getting them. Rates will be furnished later. They will remain with us as Games' legacy. OC is purchasing them on behalf of DDA, Delhi University and Jamia Millia Islamia. After the Games, they will be distributed among them," said Saxena.