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Michael Fennell arrives in Delhi
Friday, 24 September 2010

Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President, Michael Fennell, has arrived in Delhi and will spend the day (Friday, September 24) attending a busy schedule of meetings.

After a detailed briefing from CGF staff this morning, Mr Fennell will attend the Chefs de Mission meeting at the Commonwealth Games Village to meet first hand the leaders of those countries already in Delhi.

Mr Fennell will then undertake a detailed tour of the village, getting a first hand understanding of the situation.

At 2pm the President will meet the Indian Cabinet Secretary, KM Chandrasekhar.

"It is good to be in Delhi, and the briefing I've received from my CEO, Mike Hooper, last night, was that considerable improvements have been made within the Village, with further significant resources deployed by Delhi Chief Minister, Mrs Dikshit, to make good what was a concerning situation,” Mr Fennell said.

"I am looking forward to spending the morning with my colleagues from the Commonwealth Games movement and evaluating the situation with all the key stake holders.

"I am certainly pleased to arrive in Delhi to the news that Australia has moved into the Village to ready for the arrival of their athletes, and with the conformation late yesterday that England and Wales will be on their way to Delhi shortly.

"Already so many athletes from around the Commonwealth have started their journey to Delhi.

"Our job across the next week is to help ensure that all the corrective work is completed in good time.

"We must ensure that a suitable environment is provided to ensure the welfare of the athletes and their support staff.

"It is vital that all remedial work that has already started continues with the greatest urgency," Mr Fennell said.


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