`Irregularities` in hosting CWG to be examined: MS Gill

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 14:46 PM IST

New Delhi: All "irregularities" in run up to
hosting the just-concluded Commonwealth Games will be examined
and the guilty will not be spared, Government assured the Lok
Sabha on Tuesday.

"...All irregularities will be examined and the guilty
will not be spared," Sports Minister M S Gill said in the Lok
Sabha while making a suo motu statement on the mega sporting
event.

Against the backdrop of allegations of irregularities in
preparations for the sports event, Gill said recommendations
of Shunglu Committee, the CAG and CVC -- probing the
irregularities -- would be taken on board before agreeing to
host similar international sporting events in the country.

Gill admitted that close to the date of commencement of
the Games, there were "instances of difficulties" including
readiness of the Games Village and the accidental collapse of
the foot overbridge near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

At the same time, the Sports Minister said, the Games have
left behind a "lasting legacy" for sports, strengthened the
sporting culture in the nation and "given us hope and
inspiration for greater successes in the future."

Patting his back, Gill said India performed well in the
event and won 101 medals.

"The achievements have been made possible through the
scheme preparation for Indian team for Commonwealth Games,
2010," he said adding that in approving the scheme in June,
2008, the government had the "foresight" to recognise the
importance of specialised training.

He said under the scheme, 1200 sportspersons were trained
for 305 days in a year with 75 days of training and exposure
to international competitions abroad and high quality coaching
with scientific and medical backup in various disciplines.

PTI

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