Uganda sports minister demands apology for Village accident
The Ugandan sports minister today demanded an apology from the Indian authorities for a freak accident at the Games Village in which three top officials of their delegation were injured.delhi Updated: Oct 07, 2010 17:34 IST
The Ugandan sports minister on Thursday demanded an apology from the Indian authorities for a freak accident at the Games Village in which three top officials of their delegation were injured.
"What is paining us is that despite this mistake they are yet to apologise. The government has not come out officially to apologise to our team," said Uganda's Minister of State for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi.
"....they are the ones who have caused the accident, they should say sorry and we are taking necessary steps. We are seeking for an apology, we are so disappointed," said Bakkabulindi.
He added that if the authorities would have apologised they would not have been annoyed.
Alleging that there might be discrimination against the African contingent, Bakkabulindi told 'Times Now', "Should we take it that they are discriminating against some of the African countries to this extent and yet we don't want discrimination in the Commonwealth Games. This is the question that is confusing us."
Describing the incident, the minister said the vehicle in which the officials were travelling had been cleared at the first check point but in the second check point a reckless police person stopped them which resulted in the accident.
Uganda chef-de-mission William Tumwine, Administrative Officer Iren and Press Attache Juliet were injured on Tuesday night when the official Games car they were in braked suddenly and hit the hi-tech underground sharp metal stoppers that had sprung up as they were entering the Village.