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A royal thumbs-up, from Britain

delhi Updated: Oct 11, 2009 23:26 IST
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After delegates from the 71 Commonwealth nations expressed their appreciation for the games infrastructure being put up by the government for next year's sporting extravaganza, it was the turn of Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex to give his thumbs-up.

Prince Edward, who is also the vice-patron of the Commonwealth Games Federation, is in the Capital to attend the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly on Monday.

On Sunday, besides meeting the Union Sports Minister MS Gill and Delhi chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, the Prince inspected the Commonwealth Games village and three of the competition venues along with Suresh Kalmadi, chairman, Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC).

An Earl is a title from Britain's royalty.

“At the Thyagaraj Stadium, Prince Edward asked specifically about an entrance that has been created for vehicles to access the Field of Play area and was happy that it had been designed to allow ambulances to have easy access to transport injured athletes," said a senior OC official.

Wessex also spent a long time at the National Stadium where hockey competition would be held and showed a lot of interest. Later, he visited the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and the games village coming up off Nizamuddin flyover.

“He showed satisfaction at the infrastructure being developed in Delhi,” a statement issued by the OC said.

Senior OC officials who did not want to be quoted said that the Prince showed interest in understanding the infrastructure development in Delhi and the level of the preparedness of the Organising Committee.

“He was particularly keen to know details about the Queen's Baton Relay to be launched by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace which starts on October 29,” said the OC official.