London: The Mayor of the Olympic Games Village Sir Charles Allen on Sunday asserted that India was not the lone country, whose request to defer the welcome ceremony, was turned down.
"Yes, we do understand why the Indian officials wanted their welcome ceremony at the Olympic Games Village to be put off for a few days to enable more athletes to arrive in London," he said, asserting that all such request were had been turned down by the officials.
India had requested for a postponement closer to the July 27 Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games, but were asked to kindly stick to the original schedule drawn up by the organisers of the quadrennial Olympics.
"We are allowing no changes to the schedule. Several countries want their ceremony moved and that would have disrupted the entire programme," the Olympic Village's Mayor said, adding that most nations were keen to have their 'Welcome Ceremony' moved to the same cluster of dates....more
09:45 PM, Jul 22, 2012