Suresh Kalmadi accepts blame for CWG mess

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Suresh Kalmadi
New Delhi, Sep 25: Loaded with criticism and shame, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Saturday, Sep 25 accepted the blame for the mess surrounding the Commonwealth Games.

At the same time he also pointed fingers towards the government agencies for not delivering the infrastructure on time.

"The role of the Organising Commitee is the conduct of the Games. I am not involved in the construction. Construction is not my responsibility. Yes, monitoring is my responsibility. As OC chairman, we take all the blame on us. But venues were handed to us late," said Kalmadi at the press conference.

When prodded by foreign media, he defended himself saying not everything was perfect at previous Games like in Manchester 2002 as they stayed in University.

Stating on the present Games village he said, "The Games Village is fine.They are world class and are as good as Melbourne."

When he was asked why the preparations was behind Kalmadi said: "I don't think the OC is responsible for it. The last 18 towers were handed to us just three days back and we have been working on these Games for the last few years. I wish all the venues were handed over to me earlier we would have done a better work."

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