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Usain Bolt to participate in 2010 Commonwealth Games: Kalmadi

cricket Updated: Nov 29, 2009 11:32 IST
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Triple Olympic gold medallist sprinter Usain Bolt will take part in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi said in Port of Spain.

Addressing a Sports Breakfast on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Port of Spain, Kalmadi said Bolt will be the start attraction in the October 3-14 muliti-sport event being hosted by India for the first time.

Kalmadi said the preparations for the Games are on track and the the process to hand over stadia will start in January and everything will be in place by May, five months ahead of the multi-sport event.

He also reaffirmed the commitment to hold the best ever Commonwealth Games that will have focus on environment.

"These will be the first ever green Games ... become the benchmark for all multi-disciplinary games in future. These will be the best ever Games," said Kalmadi who outlined the preparations along with Sports Secretary Sindushree Khullar.

The first stadium to be handed over to the Organising Committee will be Dhyan Chand Stadium, which will host hockey competitions.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games on October 3 and October 14 respectively, besides the track and field events will be handed over by May.