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OC has the full support of PM, Fennell: Kalmadi

india Updated: Oct 30, 2009 12:50 IST
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Assuring that Delhi would host a sparkling Commonwealth Games next year, Orgainsing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi claimed they had the full backing of CGF President Michael Fennell and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"It will be the most colourful Games, we assure you. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Michael Fennell has given their full support for the Delhi Games," Kalmadi said last night at a dinner at The Royal Courts of Justice to celebrate the launch of the Commonwealth Business Club India and the countdown to next year's sporting extravaganza.

Sports Minister of India MS Gill said the Delhi edition of the Commonwealth Games would be an event to watch out for.

"Next year's Games will be quite expansive than in the past. Stadiums that are built are architectural beauty. Architects from Australia and New Zealand are working in the construction," Gill said.

The Delhi Games had run into a bad weather due to its tardy pace of preparations.

The situation worsened when the OC and CGF waged a public battle after the organisers shot down the parent body's idea of a Technical Review Panel for monitoring the progress.

To add to the crisis, Kalmadi and CGF chief executive Mike were engaged in war of words after the OC had sought the New Zealander's transfer out of Delhi calling him "useless" and "impediment" to the smooth functioning of the committee.