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Commonwealth looks forward to Delhi Games

CGF expects Delhi to be a better host than Melbourne for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 23:05 IST

The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Wednesday said it had pinned high hopes on the Indian capital for the Commonwealth Games 2010 and expected it to be a better host than Melbourne that had set a high bar.

"Melbourne is now history. We look forward to the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 with high hopes," said CGF president Michael Fennell.

Fennell along with CGF vice president HRH Tunku Imran and CEO Mike Hooper are in India to participate in the executive board meeting of the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010.

"Authorities are doing a lot of preparatory work and its seems quite satisfactory. I think the game will take the reputation of Delhi to a much higher level," he told reporters after the meeting.

"We have discussed issue like electricity, water, road, transport and hospital services. I think authorities must keep in mind the local architecture while developing world-class venues. The after-use benefit should be kept in mind," Fennell said.

He said they had already discussed different aspect of the Games with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit.

He said the physical location of the Games village was quite good and they would be visiting the site Thursday.

Suresh Kalmadi, president of the Indian Olympic Association and chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, said a seven-member committee comprising of three member of Indian Olympic association, two from the central government and two from the Delhi government was overseeing the work.

Kalmadi said the budget for the Games has been pegged at Rs 9 billion.

The executive board approved in principle the appointment of Sports Marketing Management, Australia, as consultant for sponsorship and marketing services. While Fast Track Events, London, was appointed as broadcasting rights sales consultant, Ernst and Young Pvt Ltd would be the risk management consultant for risk assessment of revenue and expenditure.