M S Gill to inaugurate cycling velodrome
New Delhi: Originally one of the 2010 Commonwealth Games projects running way behind schedule, the cycling velodrome at the Indira Gandhi Stadium Complex will be inaugurated by Sports Minister MS Gill here on Tuesday.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi will also be present as the country gets its first timber track cycling velodrome with a seating capacity of 3200 people and constructed at an expense of Rs 150 crore to suit the international requirement.
Even though work started on a sluggish note, it eventually took 17 months to build the stadium, which has been certified by the International Cycling Federation (UCI) as category 1 velodrome.
“The Delhi Velodrome is an absolutely marvellous facility of the highest standard and on completion probably would only be surpassed by the Beijing Olympic Velodrome”, Ray Godkin, UCI Honorary Vice President said in his communication to the Sports Authority of India.
Both the UCI and the Commonwealth Games Federation were unhappy with the pace of work and it needed intervention from the government to speed up the construction work.