Akhil`s bed at Games` Village collapses

The shoddy state of the Games` Village stood exposed today when the Indian boxing team checked in at their residential block there only to find defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar`s bed collapsing.

New Delhi: The shoddy state of the Games`
Village stood exposed today when the Indian boxing team
checked in at their residential block there only to find
defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar`s bed
collapsing.

The 10-member Indian team, comprising among others
Olympic and world championship bronze medallist Vijender
Singh, were also kept waiting for nearly four hours at the
Olympic Bhavan here for the bus to take them to the Games`
Village.

On reaching the Games` Village, Akhil said it was a rude
shock as his bed collapsed when he sat down to take rest after
a long journey.

"We reached at the Olympic Bhavan late in the afternoon
to collect our accreditation cards. But when I sat down on my
bed to take rest it collapse," he told PTI.

"I checked the bed and part of it has no plywood on it.
It was very disappointing after enduring a long journey. The
athletes are at least entitled a decent place to rest. Even
the toilets are not very clean. I have told coach Gurbax Singh
Sandhu about this," said the boxer who will compete in 56kg at
the Commonwealth Games.

Apart from Akhil and Vijender (75kg), the team also
comprises Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and
Commonwealth champions Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dinesh Kumar
(81kg).

Accompanied by national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and
Cuban coach B I Fernandes, the team comes here after months of
training at the Naitonal Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.

Boxers join the weightlifters and netball players in
arriving at the Village, which was severely criticised by
international delegates some days ago.

PTI

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