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Indians criticise facilities

New Delhi: The current war of words between senior officials of the Indian contingent and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) bosses over facilities in Glasgow can be traced back to 2010, when New Delhi hosted the Games.

Bitterly criticised then on several organisational issues, Indian officials now are in no doubt that New Delhi had done far better than Glasgow.

“Compared to what we did in Delhi, the current Games is just a small time show. It can’t match Delhi in any front… be it number of participants, number of events, number of medals or the facilities available at the Village,” a senior Indian Olympic Association (IOA) official, who did not want to be named, told The Telegraph from Glasgow.

The food at the Glasgow Games Village is a cause for concern. “I don’t want to sound like an ungrateful guest, but even athletes from the host nation are complaining. On Friday athletes were served over-boiled rice. The vegetarian items are few,” said one official.

Contacted in Glasgow, chef-de-mission of the Indian team Raj Singh said protests over quality of food seems to be working. “They have added a couple of new items in the vegetarian menu. Still, Delhi Games was far better… Though I must add I am impressed by the volunteers here,” he said.