November 28

Sheila brought the Games on track: UK CWG chief

first_imgEngland, Scotland and Australia were close to pulling out from the Commonwealth Games, but for the last-minute intervention of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, a top English Games official has revealed. “She really did kick shit,” is how Dame Kelly Holmes, president of the Commonwealth Games England, put it.”Every day, for two weeks, we had board meetings and conferences. It was close, of course it was,” The Guardian quoted the official as saying on how close the team was to pulling out of the competition. “It was only when Dikshit got involved with the organisation of the Games at the last minute that England made the decision to go ahead,” Holmes said.Until then, she said, the England team was close to withdrawing because of persistent reports of mismanagement, unhealthy living conditions in the Games Village and potential security hazards. Scotland and Australia were also on the brink of deciding to withdraw.Holmes thinks England’s decision to go ahead led other countries to follow suit. In retrospect, Holmes said if the Commonwealth Games operations, structure and chain of command had fallen in place a week earlier, it would have been the best Games ever. The English official lamented that a last-minute rush to give finishing touches to the Games arena as well as security concerns had led to a number of top British competitors crying off.”It is a shame as a lot of athletes pulled out because of what they heard,” she said. But it was not all brickbats from Holmes, who after Thursday’s dazzling closing ceremony, said: “The bond these athletes have got now reminds me of Sydney in 2000.”advertisement–With inputs from PTIlast_img

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