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Key 2010 Games meeting next week

india Updated: Dec 09, 2009 23:55 IST
Indraneel Das

The first major meeting after the tiff between the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in October will take place next week from Monday to Wednesday.

The CGF's Coordination Commission (COCOM), which has added three members, will be here to assess and evaluate the 13 functional areas that have been of concern to it.

The COCOM, which had five members at last May's meeting, has been expanded to seven after dropping EKS (Event Knowledge Management). According to the CGF, this was done to give more representation to the Commonwealth Games Associations.

This time around, the OC is confident of the meeting going off without a hitch.

“Our progress since the last evaluation (in May) has been quite satisfactory,” said OC vice-chairperson Randhir Singh who was entrusted with the job of coordinating between the COCOM and the OC after last October's General Assembly.

“We have taken their concerns into account and everything has fallen into place. The COCOM will be satisfied with our efforts,” Singh said.

Singh also said the presentation would be professional. “We have already despatched our report to the CGF on December 5 and got a positive response,” he said. “We have evaluated and assessed the 13 functional areas meticulously.”

As to the venue visits, which will be during the weekend, Singh said only the chairman of the COCOM, Austin Sealy, would be taken around. “He will come early and visit stadia,” said Singh. “Other members will be attending the presentations and the meetings.”

Interestingly, Mike Hooper, the CGF Chief Executive Officer, whom the OC wanted out in October, is a members of the commission. “We (I and the OC) have sorted out our issues and have been professional in our dealings,” said Hooper.

According to Hooper, the CGF would be looking into the operational aspects of the Games and will evaluate the key functional areas that have been already communicated to the OC.

“The CGF will evaluate and then come up with a statement. As of now whatever the CGF president has raised concerns about during the general assembly will be addressed as well.”