Monday, February 16, 2009

2010 Commonwealth Games preparation on Schedule

Commonwealth Games preparation on Schedule - Sport's Minister M.S Gill

Sports Minister MS Gill today said that the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games were in full swing and the facilities would be ready well before the multi-sporting extravaganza begins. Addressing a news conference here, Gill said the entire infrastructure would be ready by March next year.

"We have been monitoring the progress in regular intervals. The construction of infrastructure will be completed by March 2009,"he said.

Gill said the government has launched training programmes for medal prospects as India would aim to produce a good show.

"Under this scheme in all the 17 disciplines of the Commonwealth Games continuous training is being imparted in 305 days in a year in various training camps across the country. Coaches, both national and foreign, have been engaged for this,"he said.

The minister said 20 separate locations have been identified to start hostels for sportspersons and Rs. 170 crore will be spent on it.

He said the food allowance for Indian sportspersons will be hiked substantially.

A wrestling hub is being set up in Sonepat, Gill said.