Friday, 9 October 2009

Commonwealth Games chief meets PM

After being caught napping on day one of the Commonwealth delegation's visit to the National Capital to check the preparedness for the 2010 Games, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chairman Michael Fennell had a busy schedule on Friday. He met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the morning.

Fennell's meeting with the prime minister was a key to putting the Games preparations back on track. Later, he did preside over meetings of the federation's executive board and all member nations later in the day.

Delegates from over 70 Commonwealth countries travelled across the city and inspected various venues for the Games across the city on Thursday. Their main aim was to assess Delhi's preparedness to host the Games.

And the verdict was unanimous. Delhi has a long way to go if it's serious about putting up a good show in October 2010.

Fennell was seen taking a quick nap in the middle of an important presentation on Thursday. Perhaps the preparations, or the lack of it, drove away any interest from the top boss. Fennell had earlier expressed concerns regarding games preparations. He had sought Prime Minister's intervention into the matter.

When India's deficiencies in hosting the Games lay exposed in Delhi, IOA chief Kalmadi was accompanying Rahul Gandhi on his campaign trail in Pune, that too when his seat was not at stake. Clearly loyalty to the party high command outweighs loyalty to sports.


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