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Games vandalism: Oz athlete sent back home


Oct 15, 2010 at 01:51pm IST

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New Delhi: An Australian athlete was sent home for disciplinary reasons amidst allegations that some of their sportspersons indulged in hooliganism and damaged property at the Commonwealth Games Village.

The Australian High Commission has admitted to damage to a washing machine but denied it was in reaction to Australia's loss in the cricket Test series against India.

The High Commission said in a press statement: “There were indeed some spirited celebrations involving the Australian team and a number of other teams at the athlete's village.”

Games vandalism: Oz athlete sent back home

Australian High Commission admitted to damage to a washing machine but denied it was in reaction to cricket loss.

“e can confirm that in the course of those celebrations a washing machine was damaged, though it remains unclear who did the damage, what their nationality was, and whether it was deliberate or accidental. The suggestion that this was a reaction to Australia's loss in the second test is completely baseless.”

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna sought to downplay the incident, saying it was a minor issue. "It is a minor issue. It should be sorted out. With Australia, we have a very good relationship. We will solve it to the satisfaction of both the parties," he told reporters here.

“With Australia we have a very good relationship. We will solve it to the satisfaction of both the parties," Krishna said.

A broken washing machine was found in the block where the Australian delegation was staying. The appliance seemed to have been thrown off the 8th floor.

The incident occured shortly after India beat Australia in cricket. Delhi police officials said they are not pursuing the matter since no formal complaint has been filed.

The Australian Chef de Mission has apologised for the incident.

But interestingly Australia's Commonwealth Games boss Perry Crosswhite denied any Australian athlete was involved in the vandalism but confirmed that one athlete was sent home from Delhi for disciplinary reasons.

Crosswhite said he would be surprised if it was an Australian and blamed athletes from other countries who were in the Australian building at the time of the incident. (With PTI Inputs)

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