Cricket defeat: Aussies vandalise CWG village

Posted By: Samyuktha
New Delhi/Melbourne, Oct 15: Australian athletes housed at the Delhi Games Village allegedly went on a rampage after the country's worst series defeat to India in the recently concluded cricket Test series at Bangalore.

According to media reports, the Aussie athletes threw a washing machine from the eighth floor of the Games Village tower, besides destroying electrical fittings and furniture in their tower at the Games village on Tuesday, Oct 12 and Wednesday, Oct 13.

The miffed athletes also reportedly shouted slogans against master blaster Sachin Tendulkar, who scored a double century to help India thrash Ponting's team.

Delhi police as well as the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee have sought to play down the vandalism incidents so as to avoid an outbreak of a diplomatic row.

Organising Committee is not even planning on lodging a police complaint as the the matter has been reportedly sorted out after talks between OC officials and Australian chef de mission.

However, Australia's Commonwealth Games boss Perry Crosswhite on Friday, Oct 15 denied involvement of any Aussie athlete in the shameful acts.

Saying that he would be surprised if it was found that Australian athletes behaved that way, Crosswhite shifted blame on to athletes from countries, who were residing in the same tower.

Crosswhite confirmed that a washing machine was thrown off the eighth floor of an Australian residential tower in the athletes' village, Herald Sun reported.

OneIndia News

Story first published: Friday, October 15, 2010, 12:05 [IST]
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