Best quotes from the 19th Commonwealth Games

  maulik patel
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"We make a lot of confusion, we love the confusion and we muddle through somehow. If today's show is any indication, the Commonwealth Games will be great." - V.K. Sikund, a retired railway worker, after the opening ceremony.

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"Yes, Princess Diana was there." - local organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi after the opening ceremony.

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"The athletes weighed themselves on the test scales, and found themselves to be over. They got back to the sauna trying to lose some weight and when they came back, they weighed more than the last reading." - Australia team spokesman John Gatfield on the chaos at the boxing weigh-in caused by faulty scales.

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"Yesterday was the first day of the Games. Today we are sorting everything out and from tomorrow we will have a free flow of everything." - Kalmadi on day two.

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"It is absolutely very basic, we have just got a few bags in a shed." - Sean Oppenheimer, chef de mission of the Pacific island of Nauru, on training facilities for boxers in the world's smallest republic.

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"It is just holding, jabbing and moving. It is boring. I really don't like any sport." - Northern Irish boxer Paddy Barnes, who won light flyweight gold, on his sport.

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"My Delhi belly's a little better today, I'm almost over it. It's happening to everybody in all sports, it's a place we're not used to. If you can be comfortable being uncomfortable that's great." Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden.

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"The most disappointing part is that I was told I was clear -- I did my victory lap with the flag. I was walking out to the medal ceremony and then I was called back. That's not right." - Australian athlete Sally Pearson after her disqualification in the 100 metres.

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"I don't really want to bite it because I don't want to get Delhi belly." - English athlete Mark Lewis-Francis, while posing with his silver medal.

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"(We are) definitely fully competent. There are issues, as in every Games. Everything has been resolved so far. Things are going well... it's all okay." - Lalit Bhanot, secretary-general of the local organising committee.

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"We are receiving several reports people are going to ticket offices and being told there are no tickets available when there are empty seats in the venues." - Commonwealth Games Federation President Michael Fennell.

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"Whoever the selectors are, my job was to come here and prove them wrong which I have done. My aim was to get a medal... I have got it." - Bronze-medal winning Pakistani boxer Haroon Khan, brother of light-welterweight world champion Amir, on England selectors who rejected him.

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"Food has been an issue in the village. The first couple of days the boys all got into the food and put on a couple of kilogrammes. This is luxury here. They're getting spoiled." - Tonga rugby sevens skipper John Cocke.

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"It's unacceptable to be at a professional event like this and have the stand and have people going on like monkeys. That's not acceptable. Someone like that does not deserve to be here." - South African swimmer Roland Schoeman.

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"It wasn't meant to be a racist remark -- in South Africa when someone calls you a monkey the they mean hooligan." - Schoeman again.


"I'm used to it. In New Zealand there is no competition." - Valerie Adams after winning shot put gold with her first throw.

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"Apart from the wild monkeys and dogs, there was nothing too challenging." - Australian cyclist Rochelle Gilmore after winning women's road race.

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"I dedicate this medal to all the Indians. With this I think we wiped out everything bad that was happening before the Games and came out united." - Indian discus thrower Krishna Poonia.

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"When you have a 12-year-old on court it is hard to attack her," Malaysian Ong Beng Hee said after facing Kenyan schoolgirl Khaaliqa Nimji in the squash mixed doubles.

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"He is like the Indian Beckham but I've been his Achilles heel." - Anthony Ogogo, after his controversial victory over Indian boxer Vijender Singh.

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"People shouldn't underestimate how difficult it is to organise at this level and I think they've done a pretty good job." - 2012 London Olympic chief Sebastian Coe.

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"We also love our life. They would have been our guests and we would have taken more care of them than ourselves." - Krishna Poonia, India's first athletics gold medallist in 52 years, on athletes who missed the Games through security concerns.

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"It's unbearable, within 30 seconds your mouth's dry and your throat's burning. In this heat everything is doubled, you can't get the same power from your legs." - Guernsey cyclist Josh Gosselin after the men's individual time trial.

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"Huge public support and their roar gave me a divine energy," Indian light-welterweight boxer Manoj Kumar.

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"All apprehensions that were there earlier I hope they have all disappeared. There were many challenges and we have faced up to them, so I am very pleased." - Kalmadi has the final word.

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(Compiled by Nick Mulvenney; Editing by John O'Brien; To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)




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