Fennell on 2-day India visit to oversee Games preparations
Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell will inspect various stadiums, which have been hit by construction delays, and meet Govt officials to get an update on security for the October 3-14 mega event.delhi Updated: Aug 18, 2010 08:56 IST
Against the backdrop of a spate of controversies surrounding the Delhi Games, Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell is to oversee preparations on his two-day visit to India.
Fennell will inspect various stadiums, which have been hit by construction delays, and meet government officials to get an update on security for the October 3-14 mega event.
Fennell's visit also gains importance because a few of the Commonwealth nations have raised doubts about security during the event and they would be eagerly waiting for a report from the CWF chief to take a final decision.
Regarding the venues, the Organising committee vice-chairman Randhir Singh has already assured that all the stadiums are in "top-class shape" and will be ready within a week's time.
"We checked each and everything minutely. Although minor works still remains but everything will be completed in a week's time. By August 25 all the things will be done," Singh, who is also secretary-general of Indian Olympic Association, said on Monday.
During his visit to the capital in March earlier this year, Fennell had said that he was satisfied with preparations but with just 45 days to go for the Games, it remains to be seen how he reacts this time around.
Fennell was also very concerned after a spate of corruption charges were levelled on the organising committee, especially its chairman Suresh Kalmadi and the CWF chief is expected to seek a lot of answers from the OC in this regard.
Apart from an update on the progress of the venues, Fennell will also seek a report on the fitness, fire, health and safety from government departments.
The organising committee's deal with AM Films during the Queen's Baton Relay in London had opened a can of worms, putting Kalmadi in the eye of a storm with allegations of financial irregularities levelled on him and his colleagues.
Skeletons kept tumbling out of the cupboard before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stepped in and empowered a Group of Ministers and Committee of Secretaries, headed by Cabinet Secretary, to supervise preparations for the October event.