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National Stadium to be ready by Dec 15: Kalmadi

india Updated: Dec 04, 2009 20:26 IST
2010 Commonwealth Games

Chairman of the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi on Friday said the venue for the event's hockey competition, Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, would be ready by December 15, nearly a month before hosting a four-nation tournament.

Kalmadi, who visited the stadium on Friday, claimed it would be the best hockey stadium in the world once the renovation was complete.

"I must echo what the International Hockey Federation President Mr Leandro Negre said. This will be the best hockey stadium in the world," Kalmadi said.

A four-nation tournament would take place at the stadium from January 13 to 17, 2010 as a test event for the Commonwealth Games, he said.

Kalmadi said the 20,000-seater stadium would also have adequate floodlights to cater to the needs of the high definition broadcast during the Commonwealth Games.

"Not only will the spectators in the stadium will have better facilities but also those watching the telecast will enjoy the experience," he said.

"I am also delighted by the fact that the facade of the National Stadium, centerpiece of the 1951 Asian Games and the hockey venue for the 1982 Asian Games, has been retained," Kalmadi said.