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Village Has Potential To Be Wonderful But OC Responsible For Mess

New Delhi/London, Sep 27: The  has the potential to be "wonderful" but the Organising Committee (OC) will have to own up the responsibility for the mess the mega event finds itself in, feels Michael Cavanaugh,
PTI September 27, 2010 20:42 IST
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New Delhi/London, Sep 27: The  has the potential to be "wonderful" but the Organising Committee (OC) will have to own up the responsibility for the mess the mega event finds itself in, feels Michael Cavanaugh, the Secretary of the Scottish contingent.

Chef de Mission of the Scotland team Jon Doig also criticised the organisers, saying the athletes have been let down by them as the Village is not up to the mark.

 About 80 of their members moved into the Village today along with 50 of the Wales contingent.

Cavanaugh said there is still some work left to be done but Village could be a good facility for the athletes.

"It has the potential to be a good Games Village. There is some work to do. Once the whole work is complete, we can make a judgement. Certainly it has the potential to be wonderful," Cavanaugh said as the organisers continue to finish the remaining work.

"There is no hiding away from the fact that the Village should have been ready before the teams' arrivals. A lot of work has been done. We are thankful to the Chief Minister of Delhi for taking over, because we believe that's why things have moved on," he added.

On being asked about the blame game between the Indian organisers and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on shoddy preparations, Cavanaugh was clear that it is the Organising Committee, who should take the blame.

"Clearly it is the responsibility of the Organising Committee to deliver the Games. They (CGF) had entered a contract with OC and it was their responsibility to deliver locally.

"OC will have to take the responsibility where things have gone wrong," he said.

Doig earlier told BBC that although things are changing but it was still "just not good enough for people who have had seven years to prepare".

"We have been working really hard on our accommodation but the big challenge is to ensure that the rest of the accommodations are of the same level for the other 71 Commonwealth Games associations.

 "We just happened to arrive early, identify the problems and started working very hard to address them.

"Now that we've got people in it's really starting to test the system and there are a few things that need to be fixed," he said.

Members of Scotland team who arrived in Delhi include archery, lawn bowls, shooting, tennis and weightlifting teams, even as tennis star Elena Baltacha decided to pull out citing health hazards yesterday.

Their rugby players, boxers and wrestlers are due to head out on Tuesday.

Several visiting delegations from different participating nations had criticised the Village's under-preparedness and termed it as "filthy" and "unlivable". PTI