CGF alarmed, demands written assurance on Games venues

Commonwealth Games Fed has shot a letter to organisers, asking to ensure all the venues obtain quality assurance certificates.

Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive officer Mike Hooper Monday sought clarification from the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) on the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) report on the safety of the venues and also asked it to get a safety certificate from the venue owners before taking over the stadiums.

Talking to IANS, Hooper said: "The CGF is concerned with the CVC report and the organising committee has been asked to clarify on the CVC report. Basically, we need assurances as does the organising committee. We need assurances from the venue owners which are basically government agencies that all venues fully comply with the government of India laws, and all sanctions and sign offs on it are appropriately obtained."

"It is an alarming situation and we will take all necessary steps to ensure a safe Games. But the onus is on the organising committee to make sure that all venues are safe for athletes and the spectators."

All the stadiums being built for the games were supposed to be handed over to the organising committee by August 1 but several of the constructions are still nowhere near completion.

"Certainly it is of concern and if there are immediate
works needs to be done...they must do it in the next 60 days,"
he added.

Last week the CVC had put 16 Games projects under the scanner including the Games Village swimming pool, training hall, and athletic track, among others, which are the responsibility of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), the renovation of Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and SPM swimming pool - Central Public Works Department (CPWD), the upgrade of Talkatora Stadium under New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and a few other projects undertaken by the Public Works Department (PWD) and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

"What we have asked the OC to do is to follow up on that
points. They have done so because I know Mr Kalmadi himself on
the weekend at a press conference said categorically that he
would not accept the handover of any venue if the appropriate
documentation is not there, attesting the venues are fit for
the purpose," Hooper said.

With 62 days to go for the event, Hooper said although a
proper probe is essential to find the guilty, the immediate
priority for the organisers must be successful delivery of the

"Clearly they (OC) are considering the allegations. They
should...and these investigations should happen. If any
wrongdoing is intimated then proper action should be taken.
Ultimately it is very important," he said.

"But at the moment we should be concentrating on
delivering the Games," Hooper said.

"We have read reports of forged certificates, leaking roofs, broken tiles and seepages in the venues and CGF is upset with all such reports. With two months left, the Commonwealth Games can all but afford such negative publicity," he said.

Hooper said the CGF board will meet here Aug 18 to sort out the issues.

Concerned by reports of
large-scale corruption,
IOA Secretary General Randhir Singh also called for an
emergency meeting of the Organising Committee`s executive

"In pursuance to media reports published in a leading
daily about financial irregularities alleged in the Queen`s
Baton Relay at the Buckingham Palace. Since the situation is
grave, the discussion should be held immediately," Randhir
said in his letter.

Jolted by alleged corruption
scandals Kalmadi today faced the heat from key
colleagues in the Organising Committee who have demanded an
emergency meeting to discuss the issues.

Kalmadi is said to have agreed to the demand and called a
meeting of the Executive Board on August 5 but it could not be
immediately confirmed.

-Agencies inputs

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