Commonwealth Games

3 Ugandans injured at Games

2010-10-07 11:48

New Delhi - Three Ugandan officials were injured when their car unexpectedly hit a road barrier while entering the Commonwealth Games village, a Ugandan diplomat said on Thursday.

The officials were thrown about in their car as it braked sharply after being hit by a sharp-edged security barrier which malfunctioned and rose suddenly out of the ground on Tuesday night, said Dora Kutesan, the diplomat.

The officials, including the Ugandan chef de mission William Tumwine, sustained injuries ranging from cuts on the head and upper and lower parts of eyes and were taken to hospital for stitches, Kutesan told The Associated Press.

"They were discharged from hospital on Wednesday after they were under observation for a day. They are still feeling pain, but are OK," she said.

New Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said the accident was caused by a device malfunction.

The Ugandan high commission filed a complaint with India's External Affairs Ministry on Wednesday, Kutesan said.

The October 3-14 games hosted by India are mired in controversies about construction delays, corruption allegations, concerns about security and complaints about unfinished and filthy accommodations in the athletes' village just before the start of the event.

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