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Statement by Michael Fennell
Saturday, 25 September 2010

Statement by Michael Fennell, Commonwealth Games Federation President

Delhi, September 25

Since arriving in Delhi late Thursday, I have spent my first 24 hours consulting widely and viewing the Village first hand.

I am pleased to report that since my media statement of September 21 there has been significant progress in preparing the Village for your arrival.

However, there is still much to be done, and the next 24 hours will be crucial.

It is fair to say that there have been many challenges for those countries that arrived in Delhi early, as the Village was not completely ready for use.

This was a most unfortunate, indeed unsatisfactory, situation, and the Chef de Missions of the those teams, along with their staff, have experienced undue hardship, and I thank them for their commitment to making the Village, and the Games, work.

While all acknowledge that progress has been made, we are anxious to see that all matters are satisfactorily completed so athletes find an appropriate and acceptable environment on arrival.

On my inspection of the Village there was evidence that a great deal of activity was taking place with cleaners and maintenance staff at work.

Many aspects of the Village are very good, the International Zone is of a high quality and the dining room has a wide range of appealing foods for all cultures.

I also met with the Government of India’s Cabinet Secretary today. Present were a wide range of key officials from both the Indian and Delhi Governments.

I outlined to them that some of the key concerns of the CGF and our member countries remain as clarity on fire evacuation plans, the installation of rate card items, transportation operations, and the communication infrastructure, particularly an effective WiFi system.

The CGF has emphasised that all countries must have a consistent standard of accommodation throughout the Village.

We will continue to monitor progress and keep pressure on the Organising Committee and the other responsible parties looking to ensure that all problems are resolved.

While we appreciate what has been done in the past few days, there is still a considerable amount of work to be done, which must be sustained throughout the Games.


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