The shoddy state of the Games’ Village stood exposed today when the Indian boxing team checked in at their residential block there only to find defending Commonwealth Games gold medallist Akhil Kumar’s bed collapsing.The 10-member Indian team, comprising among others Olympic and world championship bronze medallist Vijender Singh, were also kept waiting for nearly four hours at the Olympic Bhavan here for the bus to take them to the Games’ Village.On reaching the Games’ Village, Akhil said it was a rude shock as his bed collapsed when he sat down to take rest after a long journey.”We reached at the Olympic Bhavan late in the afternoon to collect our accreditation cards. But when I sat down on my bed to take rest it collapse,” he told PTI.”I checked the bed and part of it has no plywood on it. It was very disappointing after enduring a long journey. The athletes are at least entitled a decent place to rest. Even the toilets are not very clean. I have told coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu about this,” said the boxer who will compete in 56kg at the Commonwealth Games.Apart from Akhil and Vijender (75kg), the team also comprises Asian champion Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Commonwealth champions Jai Bhagwan (60kg) and Dinesh Kumar (81kg).Accompanied by national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu and Cuban coach B I Fernandes, the team comes here after months of training at the Naitonal Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.Boxers join the weightlifters and netball players in arriving at the Village, which was severely criticised by international delegates some days ago.advertisement
Kathmandu: Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli on Sunday said he will continue for full five-year term and warned his detractors not to “day dream about toppling” his government. His statement came days before the completion of his two-and-half-year term at the office. In February 2018, Oli became prime minister for the second time, over two months after his Left alliance comprising his party CPN-UML and Nepal Communist Party (NCP) led by Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ swept the country’s historic parliamentary and local polls. According to media reports, there was a power sharing agreement between the CPN-UML and the NCP under which Oli, after completing his two-and-half-year term at the office, will hand over the premiership to Prachanda for the rest of the tenure of the five-year government. “Don’t worry, I will remain as the Prime Minister of the country till the next election,” Oli said addressing the Parliament. Warning those wishing for his departure, he said, “Don’t day dream about toppling my government. There are people who have been saying that the prime minister is shivering as his tenure is nearing end….I am not going to quit anytime soon,” he said.