Kalmadi`s outburst `unfortunate and inappropriate`: Hooper

Last Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 18:56

New Delhi: Facing severe criticism from the
2010 Commonwealth Games organisers, Mike Hooper, the CEO of
the mega event, today described as "unfortunate and
inappropriate" the comments made against him by CWG Organising
Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi.

Kalmadi today demanded Hooper`s immediate removal from
the post by the Commonwealth Games Federation, saying that the
New Zealander was of "no use" to the OC.

Hooper said he was disappointed that Kalmadi had launched
a personal attack on him.

"I am very disappointed to hear the comments by Kalmadi
today. It`s his view. I view my role here has been independent
in the last two years. It seems I was in position of seriously
addressing the real issues. Launching a personal attack was
most unfortunate. To me it`s unfortunate and totally
inappropriate," Hooper said.

Earlier in the day, a fuming Kalmadi said Hooper had been
an impediment to the functioning of the Commonwealth Games
Organisers.

"Mike Hooper has not been beneficial to us. He was of no
use and has been an impediment to the functioning despite
spending two years here. So we have asked the CGF to replace
him immediately and in his place send somebody who can be
useful to us," Kalmadi said.

The organisers not only demanded Hooper`s axing but also
rejected the CGF Chief Michael Fennel`s proposal of setting up
an independent panel of experts to oversee the preparations of
the Games.

Fennel has been critical of the India`s tardy
preparations and had warned of "partial failure" if the pace
the infrastructure construction was not speeded up.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 18:56

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