CWG swimming venue proves to be a major shame

Written by: Samyuktha
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New Delhi, Jul 30: Just a day after the Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC) revealed the rampant corruption in the projects related to the Commonwealth Games 2010, doubts regarding the infrastructure of Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex, the venue for the water-sports of the CWG, have emerged.

The vice president of International Swimming Federation is not convinced on the quality of infrastructure at the venue where the aquatics events would take place.

On the conclusion of three-day National Federation Cup of swimming, a test event for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, on Thursday, Jul 29, FINA vice-president, Sam Ramaswamy complained that the quality of the swimming complex was inferior.

“A lot of the construction work at the stadium is very shoddy. It is not a concern for me but the owners of this stadium should be really worried," Ramaswamy is quoted as saying in media reports.

“The tiles here are of very inferior quality and have already started to come off. A diver was involved in a mishap two days back and India can ill-afford something like this during the Games. Apart from that the platform on the 10m diving board has still not been installed and the concerned authority should be hauled up," he added.

This complaint from the official's mouth has proved that the Rs 4,460 crore spent by the government for establishment, upgradation and renovation of sports infrastructure in the national capital have not been utilized in the right way.

It also stands as testimony for the CVC's allegations that almost all the organisations executing infrastructure works for the Commonwealth Games 2010 have flouted tender norms, the work is poor and that there is no guarantee of quality.

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