Friday, September 24, 2010

Confusion, lack of information make life tough

There is total chaos in the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. With the Games Village being the focal point of top OC officials, all other pressing operational works have taken a backseat. Such is the confusion and lack of coordination that even the media is finding it difficult to get simple
information like the arrival of teams in the Village. There is no press release and no one seems to know what's happening. Even the media centre at the Village does not have a clue on who all have checked in and when the new arrivals are expected. No one knows when the teams are practicing and where.

Kalmadi can't be removed

Contrary to reports, Suresh Kalmadi is still the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman and according to sources, he cannot be removed, at least for now. "We have a written agreement between the OC, the CGF and the government that the OC would deliver the Games with Kalmadi as the chief," said a source. Also, since he is an elected member of an Indian Olympic Association, he cannot be asked to quit undemocratically.

Get cracking, says PM

In a late-night meeting on Thursday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who met Sports Minister MS Gill, Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy, Delhi Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, apparently told the ministers to not blame each other but concentrate on the more pressing issues at hand.

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