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Athletes’ preparation on track: Kalmadi

india Updated: May 19, 2009 23:30 IST
Sahil Sharma
Sahil Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Suresh Kalmadi, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, iterated that most venues would meet the December deadline. And not just the infrastructure, he said even the athletes would be ready to deliver.

Speaking to reporters during a visit to the Games Village, Kalmadi, said: “We will be ready for the Games well in time. Even those venues, which have been delayed due to various reasons, will finish by March 2010. Not just the venues would be of world class standards, even our athletes would come up with outstanding results.”

Kalmadi said preparation of the athletes was on course. “The government has provided a sum of Rs 700 crore for training and we will make full use of it. The preparation has already started and I am hopeful this time we will be among the top nations at the Games. We topped the medals tally during the Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune and we are confident the seniors will perform equally well next year.”

The Organising Committee chairman was upbeat about the TV broadcast rights proposals too. “Our estimate of the TV rights revenue is set to get doubled,” he said. “We have received proposals from many nations and are estimating $50 million from the TV rights revenue.” With just 501 days left for the Games, Kalmadi said India has no time to lose. “The major problem with any project is its beginning and we faced similar problems. But now when the work has started, there is no stopping it.”

On whether the postponement of the National Games in Jharkhand has put India into a bad light, Kalmadi said: “It is a different issue. The one major reason for its postponement was the state politics of Jharkhand. The Commonwealth Games is a global event and we won't leave a stone unturned for its preparation.”