Jasleen Kaur | March 11, 2010
Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell said on Thursday that he was happy with the progress made in the preparations of the Commonwealth Games though the Organising Committee still needed to do a lot of work. He, however, pulled up OC chief Suresh Kalmadi.
"Mr. Kalmadi sometimes feels that we have gone over the board. I promise that you will hear a lot from me as we go along as there are some areas that need to be watched closely,” Fennell told the media.
He said that the Games Village was still not complete. The accommodation facilities for players were still not fully ready and a lot of construction work still needed to be done.
The chefs de mission of the 71 participating countries, in Delhi for a three-day seminar, visited the Games Village Wednesday along with Fennel and Commonwealth Games CEO Mike Hooper.The delegates also visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Sports Complex and Indira Gandhi Sports Complex.
Fennell said, "At the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, work is going on, but I am sure that everything will be ready in time."
India had come under severe criticism last year when construction of several venues and facilities for the Games was lagging way behind the schedule.
Fennel was concerned about the progress of construction work at some venues but he was happy with the hockey venue and said it was a job well done by the organisers. He said the committee had accepted the assurances given by the agencies undertaking the construction work.
Finnell was also pleased with the anti-doping lab set up.
Regarding security, Fennell said it was everybody’s concern and the Commonwealth Games Federation was watching the security arrangements closely. The federation had appointed an independent consultant who had submitted the report on the security issues. Fennell said that he is satisfied with the report.
He also said that the Games would leave behind world-class legacy of sporting infrastructure in India.
The federation will have its next evaluation in May and will then decide whatever action is necessary.
Kalmadi announced that free transport will be given by the Delhi Transport Corp (DTC) and Delhi Metro to promote maximum use of public transport.
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