Commonwealth Games disputes will be resolved amicably: Gill
Barely two days before he leaves for London to broker peace between the Indian organisers and the Commonwealth Games bosses, Sports Minister MS Gill today said the spadework had already been done and there was no reason why the disputes could not be resolved amicably.india Updated: Oct 26, 2009 21:55 IST
Barely two days before he leaves for London to broker peace between the Indian organisers and the Commonwealth Games bosses, Sports Minister MS Gill on Monday said the spadework had already been done and there was no reason why the disputes could not be resolved amicably.
Gill said that he had separate discussions with Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi and CGF President Michael Fennell on the issues and was hopeful that the matter would be resolved when he meets them in London on Thursday.
"I had already said that it was a spat which should not have happened. Kalmadi and I had various meetings in the light of this controversy. In a similar way, I also discussed the issue with Fennell and we were easy in our conversation, when he called from Jamaica.
"I will leave for London on October 28 to be part of the Queen's Baton Relay. The three of us will sit down there, discuss the issue and try to resolve it. There is nothing to be talked about much," Gill told reporters in New Delhi.
Gill said Fennell had raised concerns about the internal management of the Organising Committee and wants to strengthen it, which had been done with the appointment of a new CEO.
"There were certain issues which have been addressed. We have appointed Jarnail Singh as the new CEO of the Organising Committee and in next 8 to 10 days, we will give them three more officials as asked by them.
"During the CWG over 15,000 people, including 11,000 players and 4,000 managers and coaches, will be in New Delhi and every arrangement was being made for them. The Games will be conducted smoothly," Gill said.
The sports minister also said that he had on many occassions talked to Fennell and found him to be "very jolly and friendly" in nature.
Kalmadi and CGF CEO Mike Hooper have been engaged in a public spat with the OC chairman demanding that CGF call back Hooper from Delhi. Kalmadi said the New Zealander was of "no use" and has been an "impediment" to the Organising Committee's functioning.
Hooper, on his part, has insisted that he would not leave Delhi and has got the backing of the CGF.