Sunday, 13 September 2009

CGF presses panic button

Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell has warned New Delhi that delays in its preparations for the 2010 Games are putting the success of next year's event in jeopardy.

Fennell was reported on Sunday to have written to Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the local organizing committee, for urgent actions in order to bring about the successful celebration of the games in 2010.

Commonwealth Games Federation has expressed concerns that unless there is significant change in the management culture and operation of the organizing committee these Games will fail from an operational perspective.

This comes after a CGF report which predicted a partial failure of the event scheduled for Oct. 3-14, as most venues are lagging behind construction deadlines. The report said it was reasonable to conclude that the current situation poses a serious risk to the
Commonwealth Games in 2010 .

Fennell wrote: "The CGF is extremely worried about the organizing committee's ability to deliver the games to any comparable standard to that of the last two editions of the Games in Manchester and Melbourne."

The CGF chief has requested Indian Prime Minister to pitch in and ensure that the preparation are brought back on track. He hopes to discuss the delays with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a visit to New Delhi next month for the federation's general assembly.

The games are set to be the biggest multiple-sport event staged in India since the 1982 Asian Games. They feature 71 nations and territories that comprised or were linked to the old British empire.


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