Melbourne: Australian Commonwealth Games
Association chief Perry Crosswhite on Monday said the Delhi Games
have turned into a political battle in India with parties
trying to settle scores by raising a furore over alleged
corruption and construction delays.
"It (the allegation of corruption) looks a little political
to me," Crosswhite was quoted as saying.
"It looks like the parties and the government there are
having a go at each other, and no doubt everybody has got
their little axe to grind," he said. `
The CWG Organising Committee has been hit by charges of
widescale corruption and the civic agencies in Delhi are
racing against time to complete the much-delayed construction
work at the venues.
But Crosswhite said such a round of allegations and
counter-allegations is a normal affair ahead of multi-sports
events in any country.
"These things tend to happen before these types of events
- the blame game happens. And then, generally, the Games come
along, they`re very successful and everybody then tries to
take the credit afterwards," he quipped.
"I have been involved in a number of these things and
that is what tends to happen. It`s very hard for me to comment
on all this stuff about corruption and whether building
certificates have been given and all the rest of because I
just don`t know and I think it`s just an internal matter
anyway," he said.
Asked about security apprehensions ahead of the October 3
to 14 Games, Crosswhite said a staffer from his office
attended the security briefing in Delhi last week and seemed
confident about the set-up.
"I had a chat with her this morning and that looks to be
on track as far as the plans are concerned. We are certainly
believing the security is going to be of an acceptable
standard," he said.
"Our view is that it`s going to be tight but they will
meet the deadline," Crosswhite said.
Australia will submit its full team for the event by
September 3. The contingent is expected to have 425 athletes
and about 175 officials.