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New Zealand Sports Minister Murray McCully has said that Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive Mike Hooper should take some accountability for the problems in New Delhi.


Auckland, Oct 1: New Zealand Sports Minister Murray McCully has said that Commonwealth Games Federation Chief Executive Mike Hooper should take some accountability for the problems in New Delhi.

McCully said that there had been too much finger-pointing at Indian officials, and some of the blame lay with Hooper.

"We should be careful about simply asserting that Indian officials carry all the responsibility," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted McCully, as saying. He's been based there to oversee those arrangements. I certainly think there's going to be a sharing of responsibility, but this is not the time. Let's let them do their jobs and leave the serious questions for afterwards, but they should be asked," he added.

McCully further said that India's pride had been hurt by revelations of poor accommodation for athletes, but believes that the damage could be repaired if the October 3-14 Games are successful.

He also insisted that the New Zealand government was confident about the security of its citizens and athletes in the Indian capital.

"There are always some elements of risk in relation to terrorist activities, but we don't have any specific information that should be drawn to people's attention at this point," McCully said.

Earlier, in an interview to a New Zealand TV channel, Hooper had said that India's considerable population was to blame for traffic problems in New Delhi for the Commonwealth Games.

However, Commonwealth Games Federation President Mike Fennell had said that Hooper was misquoted.

Fennell also said that Hooper was also been "wrongly criticised" for blaming the Indian government for missed deadlines.

ANI

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