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Australian Commonwealth Games Federation expresses grave concern over athletes' village

09-21-2010 11:49 BJT

CANBERRA, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) of Australia president Michael Fennell on Tuesday expressed grave concern about the athletes' village in New Delhi of India, saying the facility is "seriously compromised".

The state of the village has "shocked" many team officials ahead of the Oct. 3-14 Games in the Indian capital, Fennell said.

"Many issues remain unresolved," Fennell said in a statement.

"Many nations that have already sent their advanced parties to set up within the village have made it abundantly clear that ... the Commonwealth Games village is seriously compromised.

" ... The condition of the residential zone has shocked the majority ... significant operational matters remained unaddressed."

Fennell has written to the Indian government, imploring the immediate deployment of resources to fix problems, without elaborating on the specific nature of the issues.

Fennell also said he would travel to New Delhi at the earliest opportunity to "provide our member countries and territories with a frank assessment of the situation".

The federation's chief executive, Mike Hooper, visited the village last Wednesday.

"Final preparations for the village have been a concern to the CGF since viewing the residential zone," Fennell told The Australian newspaper.

"The village is the cornerstone of any Games and the athletes deserve the best possible environment to prepare for their competition.'

He said security around the village was paramount.

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