Michael Fennell: Commonwealth Games 2010 in India needs more work

By on Sep 25, 2010 in World Comments

While the Commonwealth Games 2010 in India will open October 3, Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell says it needs more work.

According to international news reports, Fennell admits that ‘there is still a lot of work to be done.’

“The Indian organizing committee is responding to the needs in a very positive way, and that now was not the time for finger-pointing.” He said in an interview.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other top officials are now involved in securing the games area, while the deadline to clean up the venues, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaram told CNN on Friday.

This was the response of the Indian government to the worries of some athletes who eventually some of them withdrew from attending the said event due to alleged ‘safety and security’ issues.

England diver Peter Waterfield, who won gold medal in the Commonwealth Games 2002 and silver medals in 2006, is reportedly the latest athlete to call off from the event.

Earlier, Peter Kennaugh (Isle of Man), Ian Stannard, Russell Downing and Ben Swift (all England), road cyclists Greg Henderson (New Zealand) and Team Sky colleagues Geraint Thomas (Wales) were reported to have withdrawn their participation from this year’s Commonwealth games.

This was due to the photos and information exposed, containing the poor conditions of the accommodation in the village where the event will be held.

However, Fennell said today that he is ‘very happy we are recording that there will be full participation in the Games.’

“All 71 countries will take full part in the games,” he added.

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Hockey and lawn bowls team members of England has arrived on Friday, but decided to stay in hotels before moving to the athletes’ village on Monday.

Meanwhile, several other participants from different countries may arrive late until the reported problems have been solved.

So far, the Commonwealth Games 2010 in India, which will end on October 14, is being considered as the most expensive Commonwealth game event ever, reportedly spending up to $10 billion (£6.3bn).

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