Swimming nations plan alternative ch`ship

Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 23:20 PM IST

Melbourne: The leading Commonwealth swimming
nations, including Australia and Britain, have discussed
staging an alternative competition if next month`s Delhi Games
are cancelled.

The embattled organisers of the Delhi Games are racing
against time to complete the pending work at the Games
Village, which drew sharp criticism from the visiting
delegations.

A collapsed bridge, just before the main venue Jawaharlal
Nehru stadium has already added to the woes of the orgainsers.

New Zealand swimming`s high performance manager Jan
Cameron said countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Britain
and Canada have a "plan B" in their "back pocket" although
they hope the situation does turn that bad.

"I don`t expect it to come to that. We don`t have
anything concrete and nor do we want to, but we are ready to
move quickly should it come to that," Cameron told New Zealand
radio.

"That`s the likely scenario. But at the moment none of us
are willing to go down that track other than to make sure in
the back pocket we`ve got a Plan B," she said.

"Australian head coach Leigh Nugent confirmed there had
been discussions of an alternate swimming meet during the Pan
Pacific championships in California last month, but no
agreement had been reached," a report.

Many star players have pulled out of the Games on
security and health grounds.

PTI