Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Suresh Kalmadi to resolve difference with CGF Officials

Organizers of the 2010 Commonwealth Games will try to resolve the rift with a top official of the Commonwealth Games Federation.

Suresh Kalmadi, head of New Delhi 2010 organizing committee, would try to resolve the differences at a meeting with CGF officials during the launch of the Queen's Baton Relay in London.

Kalmadi had demanded that the CGF recall its chief executive Mike Hooper from New Delhi to London, claiming that he was "of no use" and had been an "impediment to functioning" of the organizing committee.

The CGF had rejected Kalmadi's demand and expressed support for Hooper, who had criticized New Delhi's slow pace of venue construction.

"We want to sort out matters through talks. We don't want any more confrontation," quoted Kalmadi before his departure for London.

The Queen's Baton Relay will start from Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.

Preparations for the event are behind schedule and the CGF had said Delhi faces serious challenges in being ready to host the games.