Sunday, 11 October 2009

Prince Edward visits Commonwealth Games venues

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward visited the Commonwealth Games venues and the Games Village here on Sunday. He inspected the sites carefully and at the end expressed satisfaction at the infrastructure being developed for the coming international sporting event.

Dressed in a blue t-shirt with the Commonwealth Games Federation logo, Prince Edward showed keen interest in the infrastructure development in Delhi and the level of preparedness of the Organising Committee. He was particularly keen on knowing details about the Queen’s Baton Relay that will be launched by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace on October 29.

Prince Edward visited the headquarters of the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010. Later he also inspected Thyagaraj Stadium, Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium and the Games Village.

At the Games Village, the prince was shown a miniature model of the 34-tower facility. He also saw a model of the apartments before visiting tower no. 9 of the Games Village in a golf cart. He then took a round of two fully-furnished apartments and spent about 10 minutes inside the apartments looking at the facilities for athletes and left after signing the guest book.

At the Thyagaraj Stadium, the prince asked specifically about an entrance that has been created for vehicles to enter the field of play area and was happy that it was designed to allow ambulances to have easy access to injured athletes. He spent a long time at the National Stadium, where the hockey competition will be held.


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