After several flip-flops, Australia's world indoor long jump champion Fabrice Lapierre has finally confirmed his participation in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
Lapierre had initially decided against competing but he was talked into committing for the event by Australia's Athletics Federation before he again expressed doubts about going to Delhi citing fatigue.
But the confusion finally ended last night when he confirmed his trip to the Indian capital for the October 3 to 14 event during a meet at the Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre.
“I had a bit of doubt because mentally I was tired, but I had a bit of a break and took it easy,” Lapierre was quoted as saying by 'The Daily Telegraph'.
“Tonight I treated it like a bit of a training session and considering it was cold, and I had health issues, how I jumped tonight, I'm very happy with my form. “I think I can go to the Commonwealth Games and win,” he added
England praises games village
New Delhi: England's Chef de mission Craig Hunter today said the arrangements at the Delhi Games Village is much better as compared to the Beijing Olympics.
“The Commonwealth Games Village here is better than the Beijing Olympics,” Hunter told reporters, adding that the Delhi Games would set a high standard for the London Olympics 2012.
“Every Games Village has progressed and this one sets a new standard. In other Games villages four athletes use one bathroom, whereas here only two would share one bathroom. Even the training facilities are wonderful,” added Hunter, who has been staying in the capital for the last four days.
The Chef de Mission was also all praise for some Games venues, terming those as world class. Asked about the security concerns, Hunter said: “We are happy with the arrangements and I can say that the pullouts of the players were not due to security or any other reasons.”
“Security has always been an issue since 1972 Munich Olympic disaster. Some of the athletes, who opted out did so due to packed international calendar and injuries. However, we do have some Olympic and World Champions coming for CWG 2010,” Hunter told reporters in the Capital.
Hindi demand put to organising committee
Indian Olympic Association senior vice-president V K Malhotra today asked the Commonwealth Games organisers to make use of Hindi in official communications, publicity work and opening and closing declaration of the multi-sporting event to be held here from October 3-14.
In a letter to CWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Malhotra said Hindi should be given prominent place during the Commonwealth Games as it being the official language of Central as well as Delhi governments.
“All publicity work (of the Games), should also be done in Hindi along with English. All official information should be given both in English and Hindi. The declaration of opening of the Games as well as closing should also be done in Hindi. The speeches should be translated into Hindi simultaneously on a big screen,” Malhotra said.
Malhotra, also Archery Association of India President, demanded that official commentary must also be done in Hindi. He cited the example of use of French along with English in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada.
Baton reaches Bhopal
Bhopal: The Queen's Baton Relay was accorded a grand welcome at the Boat Club here on Friday, on its arrival from Indore. A large number of people, including hockey players Ashok Kumar, Inaamur Rehman, Sameer Daad and Jalauddin, turned up for the event. “I hope the Indian contingent win many gold medals not only in the Commonwealth Games but also in the Olympics,” Gaur said. The relay visited nearly 15 locations in the city.