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India will host successful Commonwealth Games: Kalmadi

india Updated: Sep 14, 2009 18:36 IST

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A day after Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief Michael Fennell aired scepticism over India's ability to host the 2010 Games, Organising Committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi said he is confident of a successful hosting.

Fennell, concerned about the slow progress of the projects for the 2010 Games scheduled to be held Oct 3-14, has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to apprise him of the situation.

Fennell was reportedly upset with the Organising Committee (OC) during the meeting of its executive board Thursday and asked Kalmadi to fix an appointment with the prime minister during his next visit for CGF general assembly in October.

"India will deliver a highly successful Commonwealth Games. I will be happy to arrange a meeting of Mr. Fennell with the PM next month and discuss all the issues whatever he has," Kalmadi told reporters Monday.

"The OC has a number of competent Indian professionals who have vast experience in conducting world class events like the Afro-Asian Games and world championships. We also believe that we have the right mix of overseas and Indian professional to run the Games."

"The venues will be complete on time. As far as security is concerned, the Home Secretary has already apprised CWG's Heads of Missions and there will be another meeting of the security commanders of the partcipating nations Sep 23-24," Kalmadi said.

"I have no doubt that under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Delhi will deliver a successful CWG," he said.