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Hooper's remarks unkind: Dikshit

Gaurav Vivek Bhatnagar
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Traffic jam caused by Commonwealth Games lane restriction near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
Traffic jam caused by Commonwealth Games lane restriction near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday took exception to Commonwealth Games CEO Mike Hooper's reported remarks about the capital's population coming in the way of its preparations for the international sporting event.

Asked to comment about Mr. Hooper's remarks, which some news agencies claimed were made by him at a meeting after the authorities objected to his demand for closing the Games lanes round the clock, Ms. Dikshit — who for the past few days has been virtually camping at the Games Village supervising the clean-up and last-minute preparations — said it was “a really very unkind and undiplomatic remark to make.''

It had earlier been reported that Mr. Hooper had not taken lightly to the authorities citing “population hazard'' in Delhi as one of the reasons for not closing the Games lanes 24 hours. The authorities had only agreed to closing them to general traffic for 12 hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Mr. Hooper had also come in for criticism for accusing the Centre and the Delhi government of not fulfilling the Host City contract.

As Mr. Hooper drew flak, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation Michael Fennell accused the Indian media of launching a “totally unwarranted attack.'' Mr. Fennell claimed that Mr. Hooper had been unfairly criticised for alleged comments made to a New Zealand television channel despite his not having criticised the Government of India.

“Far from any emotive commentary, Mr. Hooper had merely stated the fact that the responsibility for delivering and operating the Games lies with authorities in India as per the Host City contract,'' Mr. Fennell clarified.

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Really, its Mr. Hooper who should be sacked. All he is contributing to is chaos and controversy. He is obviously insecure in a setting that is SO different from the cold underpopulated and uneventful backyards that he is used to - he just doesn't know how to deliver- or even perhaps WHAT to deliver. So he makes up for his mental confusion by BLAMING everyone he can see instead of working hard and co-operating with the organizers in fixing whatever problems appear to have come up..

Can the idiot/dimwit present a summary of his own positive efforts to making the Games a success? Oh I see, if we pull it off he will then gloat it was all because he critiqued in time.....

from:  Sugato Dutt
Posted on: Sep 30, 2010 at 22:42 IST

Indian Media needs to mature. They are simply carried away by emotions rather than the truth on the ground.

from:  skg
Posted on: Sep 29, 2010 at 08:24 IST

It is funny we indians always try to find a way to redirect our inabilities on others.....Think america after 200 odd years and us going to be 1000.....funny politicians

And the 4th estate should have the guts to stand upto the is the only salvation for indian

from:  babu
Posted on: Sep 28, 2010 at 21:37 IST
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