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08 October 2010 :: 15:10:09 pm 43209

Ugandan Officials Injured in Freak Accident at Indian Games

Three Ugandan officials, including their chef de mission, spent a night in hospital after an accident during a security check at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.
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Wilson Tumwine and two aides were hospitalised after their vehicle hit a barrier at the entry to the Games Village around 22:00 local time.

“The car carrying Uganda officials met with an accident at the village gate barrier. The security barrier was raised unexpectedly which caused damage and injuries to the officials. We regret the incident and it’s being investigated,” Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell said.

Games organising committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot said the officials were first taken to the polyclinic inside the Games Village and then to a city hospital. Tumwine and one of his aides needed stitches, but the three were released.

“I am shocked and surprised. But I am fine now,” Tumwine said. “I am going to raise the issue at the chef de missions meeting tomorrow.”

The Delhi Games endured a chaotic run up to the event where corruption, shoddy construction, health and security issues plagued organisers.

Latest reports state that Commonwealth Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi has apologised to the Ugandan team and the High Commissioner in India  for the freak car accident at the Athletes’ Village, OC spokesperson Lalit Bhanot said on Friday.

“Mr Kalmadi has sent a letter to the High Commissioner and chef de mission apologising for whatever has happened,” Bhanot told a press conference.

Reporter : Harry Roberts   Photo : Internet   Category : Sports News

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