Games Village is the best ever, claims Kalmadi

Updated: Sep 17, 2010, 00:15 AM IST

New Delhi: Commonwealth Games organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi today claimed that the standard of training facilities available at the Delhi Games Village is best in the world.

“The standard of training facilities that are available here are not available anywhere else in the world. This is one of the best Games Villages that anyone has seen,” Kalmadi said on the occasion of the soft launch of the Commonwealth Games Village here today.

“All the facilities in the Village are top class and I am sure the athletes are going to love it.”

“The training areas comprising of the swimming pool, athletic track, gymnasium, weightlifting and wrestling areas are simply wonderful. In a Games Village, generally, all these facilities are not available at such a large scale,” he added.

Putting to rest all rumours about the readiness of the Games Village, Kalmadi, himself led the media contingent to the various parts of the Games Village.

“The whole village is ready. The international, the training centres and the accommodations are all in place. The Games Village will open from September 23 and we will have a lot of athletes coming in on September 23, 24 and 25 and they will continue to come till October 2,” said Kalmadi.

He also stressed that it is not only their stay at the Games Village that the athletes are going to enjoy but also the event as a whole.

“Every evening we are going to have entertainment programmes for the athletes.”

“Also for the first time, the athletes would be watching the opening ceremony of the CWG. Usually, after the march past they go outside. But here they would come back and sit inside the stadium and watch the cultural programmes, which is going to show 500 years of Indian culture.”

PTI