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09-23-2010, 01:18 AM #1
Fennell arrives on Friday, organisers to face tough questionsNew Delhi: The embattled organisers of the scandal-marred Commonwealth Games will have a lot of explaining to do to their international boss Michael Fennell when he arrives here on Friday on the opening of the much-criticised Athletes' Village.
Commonwealth Games Federation chief Fennell had shot off a letter to Cabinet Secretary on Monday, detailing the 'unlivable' conditions at Athletes' Village, which along with a footbridge collapse near the main Games venue yesterday, had triggered withdrawal of two high-profile athletes besides pull out threats from some countries.
Fennell, whose visit here was scheduled earlier, had given time till tomorrow to the organisers to take immediate steps and sort out issues in the residential zone of the Village, which he said has 'shocked' advance parties from New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland because of its unhygienic conditions. There is also speculation that Fennell may meet Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh to urge him take urgent action to save the Games. 'The final preparations for the Games Village have been of concern to the CGF since viewing the residential zone along with a number of Commonwealth Games Associations advance parties on September 15,' Fennel had said in a strongly-worded statement.
'Many issues remain unresolved and I wrote to the Indian Cabinet Secretary, expressing my great concern with the preparedness of Athletes Village. The condition of residential zone has shocked majority of CGAs that are in Delhi....being a human...