Even as the chaotic countdown to the Commonwealth Games (CWG) has given way to a blame game, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Mike Fennell has come to the defence of its CEO Mike Hooper. Fennell hit out at the reports in Indian media on Monday over what Hooper had described a “vicious and totally unwarranted attack”. Hooper came under fire for “lashing out” at Delhi’s huge population. Hooper also raised eyebrows when he denied that the CGF was partly to blame for the controversial countdown to the CWG saying the fault lies with India. Hooper’s interview to a New Zealand TV channel that he was neither a construction engineer nor a builder had caused sharp reaction in the Indian media. However, coming to Hooper’s defence, Fennell said the CEO had made no such comment at the meeting. He said he spent the entire morning and early afternoon in meetings with Hooper during which he allegedly made certain comments. Fennell said he can personally attest that at no time did Hooper make any reference at all to the people of India, let alone disparaging ones. He also insisted that neither he nor the CGF has ever demanded a 24-hour dedicated Games lane.