New Delhi: With the 2012 London Olympics just
15 months away, the sports ministry decided to form a
four-member committee comprising sportspersons, to utilise
all stadia built during the Commonwealth Games for the
preparation of national teams.
Newly-appointed union sports minister Ajay Maken today
visited all Stadia of SAI to oversee their maintenance and
said they are coming out with a blueprint for the proper use
of these infrastructure.
"We have decided to form a committee comprising former
and current sportspersons like PT Usha, Mary Kom, Baichung
Bhutia and Dilip Tirkey. Veteran journalist K Datta will also
be a member of the committee, headed by the secretary of
sports," Maken told reporters at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium
"We have requested these renowned sportspersons to give
us suggestions within four weeks as how can we best utilise
the stadia. They will have their first meeting on Monday," he
Maken said all the stadia would be used by national teams
for preparation of the 2012 London Olympics, besides hosting
competitions and as academies to train budding athletes.
"We will use these stadia mainly for three purposes. One,
for the children and budding players we intend to use it as
academies. Two, keeping in view the London Olympics we will
use these for the training of the national teams, and three,
to host international and national tournaments," he said.
"We are also making an annual calender for hosting
tournaments here," he added.
Asked about the maintenance of the stadia, Maken said
they have decided to entrust the responsibility on NDMC, SAI
and the CPWD.
"As far as the maintenance is concerned, we have decided
to hand over three of the five stadia to NDMC for cleaning and
scavenging. Rest of the two stadia will be maintained by SAI
"Also CPWD has constructed these stadia. Till now the
CPWD had to do the maintenance till March 31 so we are
considering to allow CPWD to further maintain these stadia as
they are in a better position. So instead of going for a PPP
model, the government would like to see that these are
maintained properly," he said.
Maken said the government would do everything possible to
ensure that the national athletes get enough time to train for
the London Olympics in these international stadiums.
"During the Commonwealth Games the idea was to give the
the national players at least 8-10 months to train in these
stadia. But unfortunately it wasn`t possible. So what we
couldn`t do then, we would like to do it now. I want the
stadia to open for the national teams as soon as possible," he
"We have 15 months time for the London Olympics and SAI
has been in active touch with the federations and the
committee that we have formed they will have roughly a 30-day
"We also have to look at the staying arrangements of the
athletes so that they don`t face any inconvenience during
their training here.”
"We are in consultation with DDA and this is on top of
our priority and we will do everything possible to give our
athletes proper infrastructure to train for the London
Olympics," he said.
The sports minister visited Dr SPM Swimming Complex,
National Stadium, IGI Stadium and Dr Karni Singh Shooting
Range, besides the JNL Stadium here.
Maken also wished the Indian cricket team luck ahead of
the forthcoming World Cup.
"Not only as a sport minister but also as an ordinary
Indian I think we stand a good chance of winning the World
Cup, lets give it as a gift to Sachin (Tendulkar).”
"All the citizens, evrybody wants India to win the World
Cup and I wish all the best to the team," he said.