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Commonwealth Games pride of India, says PM

IANS  New Delhi, September 22, 2009
First Published: 20:58 IST(22/9/2009) | Last Updated: 21:11 IST(22/9/2009)

Calling it a matter of pride for the nation, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday said his government would spare no effort to ensure that the 2010 Commonwealth Games to be hosted in New Delhi are successfully conducted.

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"The government is fully aware that national prestige is at stake, and it would provide complete support to the Organising Committee," Manmohan Singh said during a meeting with Commonwealth Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, according to a statement issued by the committee.

The meeting was significant as it was held in the wake of serious concerns raised by Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell over India's ability to host the games, which are scheduled to begin on Oct 3, 2010. Several Games-related projects are behind the schedule, according to media reports.

Fennel has also sought an appointment with the prime minister during the CGF General Assembly meeting here next month.

Kalmadi assured the prime minister that the Organising Committee has capable people and they are working round the clock to ensure that the games go well.

"I never had doubts about the government's commitment to the conduct of the Commonwealth Games, and I came away very satisfied with the meeting today," said Kalmadi.


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