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India`s bid for Olympics depends on successful CWG: Coates

Melbourne: Seemingly unimpressed by tardy
preparations for the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, Australia`s
Olympic chief John Coates on Thursday said India will have to
prepare in a better way if it aspires to host Olympic Games in

Coates said the Games are being viewed as a step towards
securing subcontinent`s first Olympic event but infrastructure
problems and continuing security problems could damage India`s
possible bid.

"In the Olympic world we would certainly prefer that
venues are all finished one year before, that you`re able to
have test events to test the venues, to test the

"We did have some similar experiences with Athens
(Olympics in 2004) and I`m sure the Games will happen, but
certainly I wouldn`t like to be involved in something with
construction happening so close to the event," Coates was
quoted as saying.

Delay in the completion of the venues and corruption
scandals have marred the build-up to the October 3-14

Three members of the Games Organising Committee have
already been either sacked or suspended in the wake of alleged
corruption during the launch the Queen`s Baton Relay in London
last year.

"In many ways you`re in the hands of organising
committees. You`re in the hands of governments, you get to a
stage where you have to trust them, you have to back them," he

Bureau Report

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