Fennell visit pre-planned, not related to allegations: Bhanot
New Delhi: Under-fire Delhi Commonwealth
Games Organising Committee today sought to project CGF chief
Michael Fennell`s impending visit to India later this month as
a pre-planned one and not connected to the raging corruption
"Mike Fennell will come on a regular and scheduled visit.
There will be no CGF Coordination Commission meeting. His
visit is pre-planned. He will come before or after the Youth
Olympic Games in Singapore (August 14-26). He is not coming
earlier than that," Lalit Bhanot, OC secretary general and
spokesperson, told reporters here.
Fennell had expressed serious concerns about the
corruption allegations on the Organising Committee, saying
that "the image of the Games could not be damaged by
Bhanot disclosed that the Australian company Sports
Marketing and Management, which is at the centre of a
sponsorship deal controversy, does not have proper papers and
hence has not been paid any money yet by the OC.
"I want to make it clear that OC has not paid anything to
the SMAM. They have not come with proper papers and when they
will come, we will see. We will do it whatever agreement
provides," he said.
Bhanot also said that the OC would not exert pressure on
engineers to complete the infrastructure work at venues.
"Work will be completed as per deadline," he said.
A K Saxena, Joint Director General Overlays and
Procurement, refuted the reports in the media that the OC paid
exorbitant amount to companies for treadmills to be used
during the Games by the athletes.
"Treadmill shown in the media was a normal household one.
Treadmill with us is of high-end costing USD 60,000. Those
were used by athletes in Beijing Olympics. Companies have sent
us proposal on July 25. OC is looking into it but we will now
purchase the treadmill.”
"The treadmills are not coming on rent basis. How many we
will procure that we will inform later after getting them.
Rates will be furnished later. They will remain with us as
Games` legacy. OC is purchasing them on behalf of DDA, Delhi
University and Jamia Millia Islamia. After the Games, they
will be distributed among them," said Saxena.
Saxena also said that the overlays in various Games`
venues were procured through a transparent process.
"Overlays procuring process was initiated with the
setting up of proper department. Finance sub-committee of OC
under the chairmanship of Secretary (Urban Development) on
November 20, 2009 decided the procurement process.”
"Four foreign overlays suppliers -- from France, UK,
Singapore and Hong Kong -- were selected after following due
procedures. The draft agreement for signing were issued to
suppliers on May 18. Companies are giving us on rental basis.
We will install them, use them, they will charge us certain
amount and after that we will return them," he said.
"On rent we will be procuring video boards, giant
screens, generators, ACs. All overlays equipments will be of
European standard," he added.
The overlays include gates, fencing, pedestrian entry
points, vehicle check points, tents, security areas, official
lounge, furnitures and fixtures, halls as work spaces with
partition, press area arrangements, temporary seats in Delhi
Saxena said that the price of tissue papers quoted by
certain sections of media was incorrect.
"It`s Rs 3750 for a box of 100 rolls of tissue papers.
It`s not Rs 3750 for a single tissue paper," he said.