Gill inaugurates CWG venue, keeps mum on controversy

Minister M S Gill on Wednesday inaugurated a refurbished Jamia Sports Complex, training venue for the Commonwealth Games.

New Delhi: Sports Minister M S Gill on Wednesday inaugurated a refurbished Jamia Sports Complex, training venue for the Commonwealth Games, but refused to comment on the corruption allegations levelled against the organisers of the October 3-14 multi-sporting event here.

"I should not talk about all these matters here. I would speak in Parliament on whatever I have to say and I think that would be the right thing to do," Gill said on the sidelines of the inauguration function.

"A short notice question is coming up in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow. I hope an open discussion would be held there on the matter. Then it would be probably discussed in the Lok Sabha as well," Gill said.
Asked about the allegations of corruption on the Games` Organising Committee headed by Suresh Kalmadi, Gill said, "The Organising Committee is doing their duties, the officers are there who are working on different issues, they would do their duties. Our target is to properly organise the Games first," Gill said.

Earlier, Gill, flanked by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, inaugurated the sprawling sports complex which have been given a new look at the cost of Rs 42 crore and will be a training venue for table tennis and rugby.

"I am happy to be present on the occasion. I am sure that this infrastructure will be a great legacy for the university.

The multipurpose training hall and the adjoining lush green field should be utilised optimally," Gill said.

"Student hostels are also being upgraded to accommodate the visitors during the Games, but those will be available for the students again once the Games is over. So I think, this is the natural utilisation of money," he said.
The cricket ground has been upgraded to make it ready for the rugby 7s practice. The ground boasts of features like fine drainage system, floodlights and a synthetic walking track on its perimeter.

"This is truly a world class venue. I hope that students would be able to use the facilities and the university would produce some quality sportspersons in coming days," Dikshit said.

Among others, vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia Najeeb Jung and former India cricket captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi were present on the occasion.


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