Mike Hooper (right) and Mike Fennell (left) tour Delhi in October
Commonwealth Games chief executive Mike Hooper has rejected suggestions from the organisers of the 2010 event in Delhi that he has hindered their work.
Suresh Kalmadi, the head of Delhi 2010 committee, said Hooper had been "no use to us" and called for his replacement.
"I reject entirely that I've been an impediment to any progress," Hooper told BBC Sport.
Last month, Federation president Mike Fennell warned that construction delays posed a serious threat to the Games.
New Zealander Hooper has spent the last two years in Delhi as the main link between the host city and the Federation, but concerns have grown that facilities in Delhi will not be ready for October next year.
He said: "I believe if I had not been here the last two years, pushing them and challenging them the Games would be even further behind.
"It seems to be a case of shooting the messenger rather than addressing the message."
Hooper described Kalmadi's comments as an "unfortunate personal attack" and continued: "What we should be focusing on is the issues, not the personalities."
Hooper's input was severely criticised by Kalmadi on Thursday.
"The presence of Mr. Michael Hooper, chief of the Commonwealth Games Federation has not proved beneficial to the organizing committee of the Games," said Kalmadi.
"Instead he has only been an impediment to the functioning despite two years in the capital. He's been of no use. We want the Games Federation to replace him."
In a statement released on Monday, Fennell revealed the concerns of the Federation over the slow progress made constructing the various venues and said that a technical committee, which will meet every month, was being set up to meet to monitor progress and report back with their findings.
Delhi has been undertaking major infrastructure work, including the installation of new metro lines, in preparation for next year.
However, transport was highlighted as one problem area by Fennell, along with others ranging from ticketing and accommodation to accreditation and logistics.
"It's no secret the Games preparations are not as they should be," said Hooper.
"My board, our president and our general assembly of members made that loud and clear on Monday. There's a lot of work to be done."
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