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first_imgThe Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Delhi plunged into grave uncertainty on Tuesday over “unlivable” conditions for athletes at the Games Village. Complaints from advance teams of several countries were followed by Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper flatly dubbing the Village as “filthy” and warning that “time had run out”. Village filthy: Hooper”We are disappointed with the condition we find ourselves in. We came to know about this when we paid a visit (to the Village) on September 15,” Hooper said at a press conference. Fennell asks govt to take immediate steps to fix the condition of Games Village’s residential zone.”Cleanliness and hygiene are great concerns. Electricity and plumbing problems, if any, too need to be addressed. We need to put capable resources and staff to fix the issues tower by tower,” he said.  “The Village is filthy. One can’t occupy the rooms. There is building dust and rubble and the toilets are not working. Reports of excrement being found are true,” Hooper said without mincing words. “The Village is supposed to provide the athletes the right environment to prepare for the events. But at the moment we cannot say that’s the case,” he said. “The promises made have not been kept. Time has run out. Hopefully we will see significant action to fix the problems,” Hooper said. CWG faces call-off threatEarlier, New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie raised an alarm and even suggested that the Games could be called off. “If the Village is not ready and the athletes can’t come, obviously the implications of that are that it’s not going to happen,” Currie said.  “In the timeframe that is left, unless there is tremendous effort and energy and problem-solving ability to get it done, I think it’s going to be extremely hard to get across the line. They’ve got a little bit of time but it’s kind of two seconds to midnight really,” he said. Fennell shockedCommonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell too sent a hard-hitting letter to Cabinet Secretary K.M. Chandrashekar on the state of the Games Village. Fennell wrote that he was shocked at the condition of the residential zone and that many contingents had complained about it.  With less than two weeks to go for the sporting extravaganza and the athletes scheduled to arrive in Delhi on Thursday, Fennell expressed doubts over the readiness of the Village. He said the complex had been “seriously compromised”.  NZ, Canada, Scotland complainFennell’s letter came after New Zealand, Canada, Scotland and Ireland strongly protested against the quality of accommodation at the Village. The contingents asked the CWG Organising Committee to put their officials and athletes in hotels if they could not set the Village apartments right.  The complaints included problems with hot-and-cold water supply, doors and windows as well as stained toilets. No pullouts, says OCBut the CWG Organising Committee expressed surprise. CWG Organising Committee CEO Jarnail Singh admitted to the complaints but said no country was pulling out.  “The complaint came three days ago. The teams of the respective countries will be shifted to the older block in the CWG Village,” he said. Singh said more than 700 workers were working overtime at the new block ever since the complaints had been made.advertisementlast_img