Commonwealth Games CEO gives Kalmadi 10-day deadline
Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell has set the Organising Committee a 10-day deadline to put their house in order. In an email interview, Fennell also said that the corruption charges against the committee were a "major concern". Indraneel Das reports. Full interview | India's not a serious player in this gameindia Updated: Aug 08, 2010 01:43 IST
Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell has set the Organising Committee (OC) a 10-day deadline to put their house in order.
In an email interview with the Hindustan Times, Fennell also said that the corruption charges against the committee were a "major concern".
"By the time of my next scheduled visit to Delhi on August 18-19, we have asked the OC to secure a report from each of the government agencies responsible for the delivery of venues that provides confirmation that all regulatory approvals including fire, health and safety have been secured for each venue," he said.
He added that the federation also wanted the OC to provide fitness certificate from each of the agencies involved in the preparation of the stadiums - which are primarily, the central public works department, the state public works department, the Delhi Development Authority and the Sports Authority of India.
This runs counter to Suresh Kalmadi's repeated claim that getting the stadiums ready was not the OC's responsibility.
Fennell is clearly shaken.
Just four months ago, when the Queen's Baton Relay stopped at Montego Bay, Jamaica, Fennell, a Jamaican, had said that the perceived operational and management problems in Delhi were no different from those at any other major sporting event.
"India has spared no resources for the Games and everything will be first class," he then claimed.
But on Saturday, that optimism was missing as Fennell conceded the controversy had "unfortunately tarnished the image of the Games".
First Published: Aug 08, 2010 00:27 IST