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Hooper stays mum, wants time to decide

other Updated: Sep 23, 2010 00:21 IST
Indraneel Das
Indraneel Das
Hindustan Times
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It’s not over yet. That’s the feeling emanating from the Commonwealth Games Federation office. The CGF stayed non-committal on the issue of cancellation of the Games, saying it did not want to speculate.

If CGF chief executive officer Mike Hooper is to be believed, the final decision will be taken by the Commonwealth Games Associations and athletes when they start arriving here from Thursday.

On whether the Games will be cancelled, Hooper said, “Right now we are focussed on holding a great Games. We all want a successful Games.

“There is a lot of work that needs to be done, however the final decision will be taken by the CGAs and the athletes,” said Hooper, who visited the Village on Wednesday afternoon. “The Organising Committee has been working round the clock to ensure a cleanliness. Our primary concern is the health of our athletes. They should have all the facilities that have been promised to them.”

However, he said that the OC shouldn’t be blamed. “I am not trying to defend them or blame anybody but the OC got the occupancy certificate only in the second week of this month,” said Hooper.

CGF chief Mike Fennell will reach Delhi on Thursday and will visit the Village on Friday. “He will reach here tomorrow and on Friday morning, eight days after the soft opening (Sept 16), he will visit the Village where he will take stock of the situation and will follow it up with the OC,” he said.

The CGF has also sought an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Sinigh to apprise him of the seriousness of the issue.

“By what we have gathered, the Indian government has taken this issue (of unhygienic conditions in the village) very seriously,” said Hooper.

Hooper also blamed the rain that has disrupted normal life in the city.

However, when asked about the venues in the wake of the false ceiling collapse at the weightlifting venue, Hooper said though he had not visited any venues since August 18, he and Fennell were not too concerned satisfied when they had last visited it. “Really impressed by the venues,” he said. “Though the landscaping will not happen, the venues will be fit for purpose.”