Village Mayor says sorry to Ugandan staff
A day after a freak technical snag injured Ugandan officials at the Commonwealth Games Village, the organisers visited the African contingent and said "sorry" with flowers.india Updated: Oct 08, 2010 02:28 IST
A day after a freak technical snag injured Ugandan officials at the Commonwealth Games Village, the organisers visited the African contingent and said "sorry" with flowers.
Games Village Mayor Dalbir Singh visited the flats where the Ugandan team is put up at the Village and met Chef de Mission William Tumwine on Thursday.
"I met him (Tumwine) and apologised. He held my hand and danced with me. And then he took the flower," Singh told Hindustan Times.
The Mayor said Tumwine and his teammates were "absolutely fine".
"I asked him if he was alright. He said, 'Can't you see, I'm absolutely fine'."
"I am happy that the Mayor came and consoled us," Tumwine said later in the evening.
In a freak accident on Tuesday, three top officials of the Uganda team were injured at the Games Village, prompting the government on Thursday to express "deep regrets" for it.
Earlier in the day, Sports Minister M.S. Gill spoke to Ugandan Minister of State for Sports Charles Bakkabulindi and conveyed his deep regrets on behalf of the CWG Organising Committee.
Along with Tumwine, Administrative Officer Iren and Press Attache Juliet were injured on Tuesday night when their official Games car applied sudden brakes and hit the hi-tech underground sharp metal stoppers that had sprung up as they were entering the Village.
Tumine, however, blamed Delhi Police for the incident and said nobody from the force came to see the injured officials and offer regret for the incident.