Sunday, February 1, 2009

Minister reviews Commonwealth Games preparations

Minister of State for Sports and Youth Affairs (Independent charge), Minister M.S. Gill visited the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Tuesday to review the preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held here.

Appreciating the hands on involvement in the project, Gill said he was overwhelmed by the architecture of the majestic stadium.

"I had earlier seen the stadium before its reconstruction in 1982. After seeing the roof of this stadium, I really feel like saluting those architects and builders who were involved because it is no less than the present stadiums of China. Standing here since 28 years, this stadium is now being renovated and I am totally content with the work and efforts of these people who are doing the repairing and renewal work," said Gill.

He assured full cooperation from the government in creating required infrastructure for the games.

"I assure on behalf of the Cabinet, the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister that they are always there whenever there would be the need because even they believe that if this project has been undertaken, then it should be completed at any cost so that the whole world appreciates it," said Gill.

An estimated amount of 70 billion rupees has been earmarked for the Games.

New Delhi bagged the right to hold the Commonwealth Games 2010 beating the Canadian city of Hamilton.

India is hosting the Commonwealth Games for the first time whereas the games will be staged in Asia for the second time. In 1998, KualaLumpur, Malaysia, had hosted the Commonwealth Games.

However, the 2010 Commonwealth Games will be India's first big International sports event since the 1982 Asian Games. New Delhi had hosted the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 and again in 1982.