Saturday, July 4, 2009

The Old Song: CWG stadia construction Behind Schedule

Commonwealth Games logoIndia's Sports Ministry admits construction of stadiums for the 2010 Commonwealth Games is lagging behind schedule.

Just 15 months ahead of the biggest multi-sport competition in India since the 1982 Asian Games, most venues are not even half finished, the Sports Ministry said Thursday.

Responding to a query by lawmakers in India's parliament, the Sports Ministry said only five of the 17 training and competition venues for the Commonwealth Games were even 50 percent complete, Press Trust of India reported Thursday.

Sports Minister M. S. Gill said construction at many venues started late due to design issues and certain clearances.

These have since been resolved and the work has now achieved optimum level said Gill, assuring lawmakers that infrastructure would be ready in time.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games, featuring 71 nations and territories that formerly comprised the British Empire, are scheduled for Oct. 3-14 in the Indian capital.

New Delhi was chosen to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games after several failed bids, becoming only the second Asian city to be allocated the games. Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur hosted the 1998 edition.