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Statement from Michael Fennelle
Monday, 27 September 2010

Statement by Michael Fennel, Commonwealth Games Federation President

Today (September 26), there have been a number of incorrect media reports and allegations about the CGF CEO, Mike Hooper.

I spent the entire morning and early afternoon in meetings with Mr Hooper, during which time he allegedly made certain comments, and I can personally attest that at no time did Mr Hooper make any reference at all to the people of India, let alone disparaging ones.

Further, neither he, nor the CGF, has ever demanded a 24-hour dedicated Games lane.

The CGF is seeking to keep lanes dedicated for Games use for a specified period, as per the bid commitment.  It is standard practice that, during operational times, Games lanes are exclusively available for Games related vehicles.

Mr Hooper has also been wrongly criticised in some areas of the media today for comments he made on Television New Zealand that were reported as being critical of the Indian Government.

Far from any emotive commentary, Mr Hooper merely stated the fact that the responsibility for delivering and operating the Games lies with authorities in India, as per the Host City contract.

What I have witnessed today is a vicious and totally unwarranted attack on Mike Hooper based on entirely false reports.

Mr Hooper has my full support. He has always worked tirelessly for the good of the Games. Now it is time for us all to concentrate on delivering a good Games, for the athletes of the Commonwealth and the people of India.

Michael Fennell

September 26, 2010


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