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C`wealth Games Organisers vow to clean athletes` village

August 21, 2010

NEW DELHI, Aug 20: Commonwealth Games organisers on Friday vowed to clean the athletes' village for the Delhi 2010 Games after being rebuked for not paying enough attention to hygiene and cleanliness.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell criticised the mess around the village on Thursday after a two-day inspection of the venues for the October 3-14 Games in the Indian capital.

“I feel some buildings in the village could have been done better,” Fennell told reporters. “The international zone of the village, like the dining room and kitchen, is behind time.

“The sanitation has to improve and the hygiene has to be of the highest standards. There is need to address the roads around the village, the landscaping and the cleanliness.”

Lalit Bhanot, secretary-general of the Indian organising committee and chief spokesman, said Fennell's concerns had been passed on to the relevant authorities looking after the village.

“We are giving priority to ensure the athletes do not face any trouble at the village. It will be a world-class facility when they arrive next month,” Bhanot told AFP.

Fennell, who also inspected all 17 sports venues for the Games, said he was pleased with the progress that had been made, but that there remained a lot of work to do in the next 44 days before the event opens.—AFP