Lunch packet problem at archery venue
It was just in the morning on Wednesday that Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi assured journalists at the Pragati Maidan that steps have been taken and all problems related to athletes, volunteers and delegates had been sorted out. HT reports.other Updated: Oct 06, 2010 23:00 IST
It was just in the morning on Wednesday that Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi assured journalists at the Pragati Maidan that steps have been taken and all problems related to athletes, volunteers and delegates had been sorted out.
The assurance though turned out to be far from reality.
The Organising Committee's 'step' of changing the caterer to sort out the food distribution problem did not work.
At the Yamuna Sports Complex, the venue for table tennis and archery, the food packets for volunteers, the paid staff from the Press Information Bureau and workforce started getting distributed sometime around 3 in the afternoon.
Young boys and girls, who are the main force behind conducting the events, report to the venue at around 7 in the morning and there are no arrangements for providing them with breakfast.
In archery, there is a two-hour break between the morning and afternoon sessions and if the lunch packets don't arrive in time, volunteers who get busy as soon as the events resume, don't get to eat.
"We get out of our homes so early that we cannot have breakfast before coming here. The lunch arrives so late. Two of our volunteers had fainted on Tuesday and had to be hospitalised. There are hardly enough water bottles," a volunteer said.
The venue administrative manager who did not wish to be named accepted that the problems persisted.
In fact when this correspondent went to his room for a reaction on the issue, a lady who is in charge of a group of paid staff at the archery venue was heard screaming at one of the venue administrators.
"If you can't provide us food in time then give us money. We will go out and have something."
Even that idea did not seem a prudent one as most of the roads outside the Yamuna Sports Complex are closed and there is not one shop in the vicinity. But what it did was the venue administrative officer could not deny that the problem was there.
"We have written to all the concerned officers but the problem persists. We are not allowed food inside. Had that been the case much of the problem would not have been there," the venue administrative manager told HT.