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Support staff laying groundwork for success

other Updated: Sep 28, 2010 00:18 IST
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
Shubhodeep Chakravarty
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When an athlete wins a medal this Commonwealth Games, keep the role of his/her support staff in mind. Commonwealth federations of various countries seem to have taken this into consideration already as they hail their officials and managers as war heroes who managed to combat great odds to script a magical transformation at the Games village, which was deemed filthy earlier.

Hailing his staff as heroic, Craig Hunter in a public newsletter on Sunday thanked them for their role in ensuring a certain standard at the residences before athletes moved in.

“There is still a lot more to do to be ready for that peak but, meanwhile, I’d like to pay tribute to our support team staffs who have worked sometimes literally around the clock to get everything in place and safe for the first athletes’ arrival,” he wrote in the letter.

The Canadians too are basking in the glory of establishing order in what they rightly seem to have considered an inhospitable shelter earlier. “We simply cannot risk any reduction in the pace or quality of the work in the residences we’re occupying. We’ll stay on top of this until the last suite has been cleared by our staff on the ground,” posted Andrew Pipe, president of Commonwealth Games Canada on the federation’s home page.

The Scots are a relieved lot as well for which gratitude has already been corresponded to their ‘on-ground’ staff.

“There will undoubtedly be challenges ahead in Delhi, but we are confident that these can be effectively managed by our Team management, who have done a fantastic job over the last week to ensure we could get to this position and we thank them for their unstinting efforts,” said Michael Cavanagh, Chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland.

Though no denying their role in overseeing emergency works days before the Games are scheduled to begin, the cleaners and maintenance have also not gone unnoticed.

“The workforce at the village has worked round the clock and have done a good job. I am glad that things have shaped up nicely there,” he told reporters at a press conference.