Pull out by athletes does not bother us: Lieutenant Governor
Press Trust of India
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Tejindra Khanna said he was not bothered about several star athletes pulling out of the Commonwealth Games as it was upto individual players to decided on their participation.
"Those who want to come will come. Those who do not want to come will not come. We are only bothered about making arrangements as per international standards," he said when asked about withdrawal of several top players from the mega event.
"We will leave no stone unturned in our preparation to make the event a great success," Khanna, who held a high-level meeting on Saturday to review the city's overall preparations, said.
Scottish cycling star Chris Hoy is the latest Olympic champion to withdraw from the Games after Jamaican sprinters Usain Bolt and Shelly Ann Fraser decided to give a miss to the October 3-14 Games.
Taking strong exception to pullout of some of the star athletes, Union Sports Minister M S Gill had last week asked CGF President Mike Fennell to bring those champions to New Delhi instead of an army of officials.
Gill had said the Games would lose "sheen, interest and its very objective" if star players would not turn up.
Beijing Olympic gold medallist Hoy, who also won gold medals in 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, informed Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) last week that he is no longer available for selection for the Delhi Games.