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PM’s support a shot in the arm for Games

india Updated: Oct 27, 2009 00:41 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's trust in the Organising Committee of the 2010 Commonwealth Games seems to have boosted the confidence of the body. Randhir Singh, OC vice-chairman, assured that India would host a grand Games next year and said, "It gives us tremendous confidence to know that we have the full support of the government and that they are behind us."

The OC had earlier met the 17 national federations of all the sports that will be part of the Games next year. They have been instructed to ensure that no foreign coaches depart midway through their terms, as it might affect the preparations of the athletes.

Singh said, "We have told them to get in touch with the coaches and ensure, along with the Sports Authority of India, that their contracts should be renewed."

The OC had also met all the sub-committees to take stock of the progress that has been made so far and said the procurement of equipment would be done according to strict norms. The process would be completed by December 15.

Earlier in the day, Sports Minister MS Gill visited the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the aquatics complex at the Talkatora Stadium to review the progress of construction work at the venues.

Gill expressed his delight at the progress and said, "I assure the country that they will be completed on time." He also said that the OC's dispute with Mike Hooper, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) CEO, would be sorted out amicably.

"I will meet and have a chat with Fennell in London.

OC has CGF chief's support: Kalmadi

London: Giving out clear signals that the Games organisers are ready to bury the hatchet with their international bosses, OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi said they have the backing of CGF chief Michael Fennell and all issues with the parent body will be resolved.

The CWG and Games Federation top brass have been engaged in a public spat for some time now but two days before he is to meet Fennell to sort out the issues, Kalmadi claimed the OC has the support of the CGF chief.

"We’ve had great support of the CGF president Fennell. I am sure all issues will be resolved and the Games will be held in the most conducive atmosphere," Kalmadi said.