There are 142 days to go for the start of the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi and the feeling of excitement is growing by the day. We felt a sense of relief last week when we heard from Commonwealth Games Federation’s Co-ordination Commission CoCom) Chairman Austin Sealy that CoCom had completed its last visit to Delhi.
To us in the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi, CoCom’s decision not to return for another trip is a sure sign that preparation to stage the Commonwealth Games is moving in the right direction. But we will not let our guard down and keep completing the numerous tasks that will add up to make this the best Games ever.
Personally, I am pleased that the Co-ordination Commission termed its last visit as the best, recognising there has been progress, among other areas, in venue planning, securing of Games accommodation requirements, implementation of major Games technology systems, ticketing distribution systems besides recruiting thousands of volunteers to date.
The CoCom also noted the successful Chefs de Mission Seminar and the conduct of eight test events as achievements since its previous visit. We have assured that we are ready to work day and night to ensure that things are in place well before the Games.
We have signed the catering contracts so that we can serve 36,000 meals a day during the Games and a total of over 400,000 meals between September 1 and October 30. The team that has come on board has terrific experience of handling such tasks at the Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games and knows the athletes’ needs.
I am sure that the 8000 athletes and officials will be completely satisfied with the food they get at the Games Village. Similarly, for transporting the Games Family, we are in talks with companies like Mahindras, Tatas and Maruti and we hope to finalise the deal in the coming week or so.
Let me assure you that the Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi is all geared up and waiting for the venues to be handed over so that we can complete the remaining tasks that will ensure we can produce a great Games. Let me also reassure you we are focussed and will not let any diversions affect our readiness to host the Games and make a great job of it.
That is what we assured the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh when we met him last. We know he is very keen that the Commonwealth Games be conducted successfully. We can never forget how concerned he is and how greatly supportive he is of our efforts. We will live up to his expectations and not let him down. Yes, we can and, yes, we will produce a great Commonwealth Games that will make you proud.