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CGF delegates happy with CWG facilities: Lalit Bhanot

Last Updated: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 23:39

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Organising
Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot today said that all
the visiting CGF delegates are satisfied with the facilities
and exuded confidence that all infrastructure related to next
year`s mega-event will be completed before the deadline.

Delegates from all the 71 member nations of the
Commonwealth Games Federation are presently in the Capital for
the CGF General Assembly to be held here on October 12 and
have inspected a few under-construction venues and the Games
Village today.

"We could have completed the stadiums two years back but
it would have been of no use. But there are still 360 days to
go for the Games and I can assure you that everything will be
completed much before the deadline.”

"Most of the delegates are very impressed with
facilities. We have addressed all their queries. We have even
finalised the dates of the Test events," Bhanot told reporters

With less than a year to go for the Delhi Games, the
organizers are running against time to complete all the
infrastructure related to the showpiece event scheduled from
October 3 -14 next year.

Worries compounded further after CGF chief Mike Fennell
wrote a letter to the 2010 CWG Organising Committee chairman
Suresh Kalmadi, saying he fears that the Delhi Games would be
a partial failure. He even sought Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh`s intervention in this regard.

However, Fiji Olympic Committee Chef-de-Mission Chris Lee
said he was impressed with what he has seen after arriving at
the Capital.

"We are very impressed with what we have witnessed and I
am confident that everything will finish on time. I am
confident that it will be a successful Games," Lee said after
inspecting the Thyagraj Sports Complex and the Games Village.

His feelings were echoed by Fiji Olympic Committee
President Vidya Lakhan.

"The time we landed at the airport till now we have been
looked after very well. We will be sending 20-30 member team
for the Games," he said.

Meanwhile, Bhanot said tomorrow the delegates will be
divided in three groups for the inspection tour.

Bhanot said India is behind Fiji after serious doubts
were raised over the Pacific nation`s participation in the
Delhi Games after the Commonwealth suspended its membership in
protest against the recent military coup.

"We support Fiji. According to me sports should never be
mixed with politics," Bhanot said.

Incidentally, Fiji`s participation in Delhi Games will be
decided in the CGF General Assembly on October 12.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 8, 2009 - 23:39
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