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South African Olympic chief defends Commonwealth Games

“If a toilet is not clean, I will clean it myself”


 

Gideon Sam, the president of South Africa’s Olympic committee, said he would clean the the toilets of New Delhi’s Commonwealth Games to help them be a success. “As developing nations we must stand together,” Sam said, according to the South African Press Agency. “We cannot allow developed countries to go out there and take the last seat in the hall.” Sam said the 147-member team of South African athletes will not use the conditions of the village as an excuse for their performance. “We will not complain,” he said. “And when I get there on Friday, if a toilet is not clean, I will clean it myself.”

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South African Olympic chief defends Commonwealth Games

  1. That's very admirable, Mr. Sam. But from the sounds of things, a scrunge pad and a bottle of Mr. Clean will not suffice for individual athletes to rescue their accommodation and venues from exposed wiring, collapsing ceilings, etc.

  2. 'Western' games of course, have never had any problems at all.

    'Eyeroll'

    • o really??????????? or is it that it has never been revealed outside??????hmmmm???????????????????

  3. I think that Mr. Sam's view point is quite admirable. Instead of criticizing, why don't western countries ask "What can we do to help". We all felt the "sting" of criticism about the Vancouver Games, especially from our friends and allies, the British. I think more than one Canadian found the attitude a little boorish and ungrateful. Granted, we didn't have the same ":kind" of issues as New Delhi….snakes for example (shudder) but I think we are too quick to judge the efforts of others. From what I've read, the vast majority of the buildings are quite beautiful with fine Italian Marble etc. I am very disappointed in athletes like Usain Bolt who have withdrawn from these games. I wonder what living conditions were like in his home town.

    Admittedly, these games have no where near the appeal of the Olympics, but they are a rich tradition that gives world class athletes a chance to compete at a very high level. It would be a loss if they could not occur as planned.

  4. It's an admirable attitude, but when you think about the whole sports-psychology thing, their accommodations are the last thing the athletes should have to worry about. Don't get me wrong, it's great Delhi is hosting the games, but c'mon, broken plumbing, unhooked wiring, stray dogs and dengue fever? That's not a recipe for success but thankfully it looks all to have been overcome.

    Lastly, if you think the British press has been hard on Vancouver and Delhi, just wait for the neurotic sniping when it's their own London in 2012– they'll be more full of savaging criticism than ever!

  5. I like the fact that he is willing to work with the people to make the whole event a success than sit around bitching and moaning like some western countries do. He has the right attitude, just the kind of thing we need to make this world work.

  6. I believe getting their attention and making them aware of their failings should be enough. I have heard they are working double time to address those concerns. To expect Western standard on a country with many of its citizen having a hard time placing food on the table, is just a stretch for guests whose purpose is to promote suppose to be goodwill through sports. I remembered how much dishing Vancouver received with the venues the first few weeks during Olympics, and it was not fun at the receiving end of it. I wish India Good Luck with this herculean effort!

    • On behalf of my country, I thank you for you kind words and goodwill.