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Judge orders work stopped on athletes' village

Posted: 02 May 2011 10:43 PM PDT

GUADALAJARA, Mexico (AP): A judge in Mexico has ordered construction to be stopped on the athletes' village to house competitors during October's Pan American Games in Guadalajara.

Judge Armando Garcia handed down the decision Monday after inhabitants of the town of Zapopan claimed the construction of the village for 6,000 athletes, called the Villa Panamericana, would affect their drinking water supply.

The Pan American Games organizing committee is preparing an appeal to restart building work, director Carlos Andrade Garin said, adding that a 10-day construction delay would cause the cancellation of the games.

The event, which features athletes from North and South America, as well as Central America and the Caribbean, are scheduled to run from Oct. 14-30.

Governor Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, governor of Jalisco state where Guadalajara is located, said the legal action was motivated by political rivals opposed to the amount of money being spent on the event.

He said construction of the complex had to go ahead because housing athletes in hotels was not permitted.

"It has to be in the Villa Panamericana," Gonzalez Marquez said. "It's either there or nowhere."

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New-look India confident of a strong showing

Posted: 02 May 2011 08:07 PM PDT

KUALA LUMPUR: India are without six of their senior players but coach Harinder Singh is still confident of a podium finish.

The six, all part of their Asian Games team last year, are penalty corner specialist Sandeep Singh, Sardara Singh, Prabhjot Tirkey, Rajpal Singh, Thusha Khandekar and Bharat Chikara.

Sardara and Sandeep are playing in the Belgium League while the others are injured.

"This is a good opportunity to try out other young players as our goal is the London Olympics next year," said Harinder.

"Like most teams here in Ipoh, we too are rebuilding our team and our immediate goal is to have a strong outfit for the Olympic qualifiers, which we will host next March.

"Although there are several new faces, we will be competitive and we will be among the top teams in Ipoh."

India and South Korea were declared joint champions last year after the final was abandoned due to heavy rain.

The Indians have named long-serving midfielder Arjun Halappa as skipper for the tournament.

"We have also recalled several players who were injured last year. So again it is a chance to see if they have regained their touch," said Harinder, who was assistant to Spaniard Jose Brasa in the senior team for the last three years.

Brasa's contract was not renewed after India finished third at the Guangzhou Asian Games.

Harinder said there would be "no major changes to our playing style".

"It will be the same as what we have been doing the last few years. For me, the main concern is to find the right players for our Olympic challenge," said Harinder.

"We will give our younger players a chance against the top class teams here in Ipoh and see if they can hack it at the international level.

"We have not set the team any targets but I believe we are capable of a strong showing."

India will open their campaign against former Asian champions South Korea on Thursday, followed by England the next day.

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