Melbourne: The early dilly-dallying
notwithstanding, Delhi has made remarkable progress of late
and has the potential to deliver the best ever Commonwealth
Games next year, according to key CGF Coordination Committee
(CoCom) member Perry Crosswhite.
Crosswhite was part of the Commonwealth Games
Federation`s CoCom which recently took stock of Delhi`s
progress and the CEO of the Australian Commonwealth Games
Association sounded thoroughly impressed.
"The jury is still out but given the rapid progress that
the organisers are making, the 2010 Commonwealth Games in
Delhi have the potential to be the best Games ever," he said.
Crosswhite said Delhi was slow to react but once they
realised that time was of essence, significant progress was
made in very little time.
"We have had concerns on occasions this year in regards
to the organising committee`s ability to meet deadlines and
requirements. However as 2009 draws to a close I am buoyed by
the progress shown in the last couple of months.
"After meeting with the CGF in October, organisers have
appointed a number of international experts including village
operations expert John Lade, event manager Peter Stewart and
technology specialist Brian Norse. They all have significant
experience in major games such as the Sydney Olympics and
Melbourne Commonwealth Games," Crosswhite was quoted as saying
by `The Daily Telegraph`.
The Organising Committee were lax in their approach to
the Games` preparation which drew flak from CGF top brass but
once the Government of India took charge, progress has been
Crosswhite said the government`s involvement augured well
for the Games.
"It`s also pleasing to see that the Indian government has
become more involved. They fully understand that the Games
need to be a success for their country, their people and their
standing on the international stage," he said.
After the three-day stock-taking, CoCom chairman Austin
Sealy also patted the organisers for pulling up their socks.
"There has been noticeable progress over the last two
months. However, with only nine months remaining, the
intensity must continue," Sealy said.