Monday, 23 October 2017

'This would have been an opportunity for India to shine'

Canadian sports officials are critical of the Indian government for not attending in time to the deficiencies that were being pointed out, saying India 'risks considerable international embarrassment unless some of these deficiencies can be addressed'.

Toronto, Sep 22 (IANS) Canadian sports officials are critical of the Indian government for not attending in time to the deficiencies that were being pointed out, saying India 'risks considerable international embarrassment unless some of these deficiencies can be addressed'.

In a teleconference Tuesday with Canada's advance team of sport and security officials in Delhi, Commonwealth Games Canada president Andrew Pipe said, 'This would have been an opportunity for India to shine. Instead, I think, it risks considerable international embarrassment unless some of these deficiencies can be addressed.'

 

'It is not as if the Indian government has been unaware of these problems - and that is, I think, the source of so much frustration on the part of many of us.'

 

He said, 'Personally, I am deeply disappointed with the reactions of the Indian government and the organising committee. They reflect, it seems to me, a certain level of indifference that borders at times on the intransigent - and they have been glacial in responding to the concerns that have been raised by colleagues and I for weeks and, indeed, months leading up to these Games.'

 

Canada Tuesday hinted that it is ready to pull out of the Commonwealth Games if India quickly fails to fix the problems - lack of preparedness at venues and fears about security.

 

The Canadian contingent was to start arriving in the Indian capital from Friday for the Games which start Oct 3.