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In 2006, Swiss firm had pointed errors

It was the Switzerland based company, Events Knowledge Services, that was hired by the Commonwealth Games Organizing Committee in 2006 that had said a majority of the competition venues in Delhi did not meet international standards. HT reports

delhi Updated: Aug 04, 2010 00:10 IST
Moushumi Das Gupta

It was the Switzerland based company, Events Knowledge Services (EKS), that was hired by the Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organizing Committee in 2006 that had said a majority of the competition venues in Delhi did not meet international standards.

The company had suggested either demolition or complete renovation of the projects. When the report (a copy of which is with Hindustan Times) was submitted, it came under criticism from the Union Sports Ministry on the ground that it would result in cost escalation. However, the ministry did end up following some of the recommendations on venue upgradation.

Despite repeated attempts, Union Sports secretary Sindhushree Khullar was not available for comments.

EKS had undertaken an assessment of each of the 17 proposed competition sites for the games.

It found that the general quality and condition of majority of the venues including Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, Indira Gandhi Indoor stadium, Shivaji stadium, Talkatora Indoor stadium, Dr Karni Singh shooting centre and Yamuna Velodrome did not meet international standards with respect to various facilities and spectator amenities.

Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium: The quality and condition of the venue is poor with the athlete facilities, warm up facilities, spectator amenities failing to meet international standards.

Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Centre: Venue does not meet international standard for conducting synchronised swimming.

Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium: The venue does not provide optimal competition condition for athletes or viewing for spectators, due to the configuration of the field of play and the distance of spectators from the hockey pitch.

Yamuna Velodrome: Based on the current condition, except for the track, all existing facilities should be demolished.

Dr Karni Singh shooting centre: The existing shooting ranges are in extremely poor condition and EKS has recommended demolition and a complete remodelling of the existing facility.

Shivaji Hockey Stadium: The consultants have recommended that this venue not be utilised and all hockey competition be either shifted to Major Dhyan Chand national stadium or a new hockey facility be constructed.