Taking stock of the preparations for the Delhi Games,Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell today expressed disappointment with the progress of work at the Games village and the look of the venues. He let his views be known at a meeting of the executive board of the Organising Committee.
At the same time,Fennel backed OC chairperson Suresh Kalmadi who is under fire for alleged irregularities by officials.
I leave Delhi tonight feeling assured that solid preparations have been undertaken and with the knowledge of what needs to be still done. There is a tremendous amount of detail work to be done. We have come to the last lap of a marathon that started six-and-half years ago but this last lap is the most difficult, he said.
During the three-and-half hour meeting,Fennell sounded positive but he was unhappy with the way the cleaning of the Games village and the stadia had been undertaken.
Later,speaking to reporters,Fennel said: We visited the Games village and examined the apartments. But I feel the finishing of the buildings could have been better.
He said a large amount of work was still left. Water and sanitation should be in place. We have to make sure that hygiene is of high standard. Roads and sidewalks need to be addressed… The cleaning of the Games village needs to be addressed with urgency.
On the stadia,he said though the basic structures were ready,finer details needed to be taken care of. We feel that landscaping and cleaning work need to be done with great urgency at the sites. The image of the Games will be decided by the look of these venues, he said.