MS Gill, the Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, said on Thursday that he had informed the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, that all venues for the Commonwealth Games were in "near complete" stage.
He chose to blame the monsoon for the delays even as he said final preparations and testing were being carried out.
Speaking to reporters, the Minister said he had visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Swimming Complex to take stock of the situation. "I had a meeting with the PM and briefed him about the two stadiums.
They are complete and ready to host the event. In fact, the Indian contingent will begin training at the swimming complex tomorrow (Friday)," he said.
Blaming heavy rains for the repeated delays, Gill said testing of each venue, including the Games Village, was of utmost importance.
"The Lieutenant Governor is visiting the Village on a regular basis and has been taking stock of the situation. It is under control and ready to be home to over 12,000 athletes."