Mr. Suresh Kalmadi Chairman,CWG 2010 Organising Committee (with T-shirt & hat) with media persons at the Games Village construction site, Delhi.
By our correspondent
New Delhi: India is gearing up to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Construction of the Games Village and other infrastructure projects are moving at a fast pace. With less than 500 days left for the Games, people connected with the preparations are confident that all the necessary needs of the Games will be ready as scheduled and security procedures in place.
Chairman Organising Committee ,Commonwealth Games 2010, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, said recently that “the first task of the organisers would be to ally security concerns of participating countries….. We will put up a Beijing-like security bandobast (arrangement in Delhi.”
Mr Kalmadi is also wants Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to get involved with the games. “We want him (Rahul) to get involved in the Games like his father, who was involved in the 1982 Asian Games. We will ask him if can lend his support to oversee the Games preprations.”
Mr Kalmadi recently visited the Games Village construction site and addressed the media. He assured that “There is no need to worry regarding the progress of the Games projects as most will meet their December 2009 deadline.
About the security issue, Mr. Kalmadi said, “the turmoil in neighbouring countries has made it necessary for India to be extremely careful.” And further said that India was aware of global security standards and many foreign consultants are helping us in this matter. He disclosed that 44 per cent of work at the Games Village is complete and the project will be completed by December this year.
The Fifth Coordination Committee Meeting of the Commonwealth Games 2010 held here from 11-13 May , expressing satisfaction with the preparations of the Games. The members assured the Organising Committee CWG 2010 Delhi that they would extend all the guidance and support required to make the Games successful.
Seventy one countries and 8000 athletes are expected to participate in the Commonwealth Games 2010 to be held in October next year.