New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi, the Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, said the infrastructure for the Games is complete.
Addressing media persons on the occasion of the setting up of the first venue operational team here, Kalmadi: “Finally, everything is falling into place; there are challenges now; the infrastructure part is over. The airport has happened, the metro has happened, now the flyovers and roads and all things are going on, that will happen and then finally the Games. Upto the time of the Games, most of the work is Organising Committee’s work, so have to be on our toes and make sure everything goes off well”.
He said that Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell had initially shown apprehension over the completion of the inaugural venue, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, but was now satisfied with the progress made.
“Mr. Fennell had come who had doubts about it, but he has come back and said that it is ‘A-One’. There were two venues, which were lacking behind, one was Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and one was the swimming one, Talkatora Swimming Pool. That’s also okay now. We are having our test events now in both these places,” he added.
He said the Commonwealth Games would be the best and comparable to international standards.
“Every venue is better than the other. Whether it is the Games Village, it’s one of the best games villages. It is better even than the Beijing games village. So, everything is now world class,” he said.
Test events have given Indian players a chance to train under foreign expertise, and therefore, they are expecting ample medals for the country this year, he said.
The Commonwealth Games 2010 will be held from October 3 to 14.