Can you believe this? With just 635 days to go for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, the construction of the state-of-the-art cycling velodrome is yet to start.
Suresh Kalmadi, the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Commonwealth Games, however, is quick to reassure the gathered media 'not to worry, the work will finish on time'.
"The velodrome is yet to see any construction. The demolition of the old building is underway, and we are hoping the construction will begin soon. There are issues with some federations, but I am sure they will be resolved in time", said Kalmadi.
Kalmadi and Co. were on a reviewing spree of the Commonwealth Games venues, starting with the main venue — Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
Dismissing reports that Melbourne had been asked to be ready as a standby venue, if India failed to host them, Kalmadi said: "There is no issue of India losing the hosting rights. The CWG federation have also provided us with their complete backing.
The Melbourne federation posted itself as a standby to promote their country. Regarding the games village, the matter is under judicial review but no stay order has been enforced on the constructions, they are going on smoothly."
On the security scenario after the Mumbai attack, Kalmadi said: "The CWG federation will be sending a security delegation to inspect the security and we are taking stern measures to provide a safe Games."
It also appears that the ongoing global recession has also affected the organising committee's budget. "The budget will go higher than our proposed estimate because of the rising prices of steel and cement," Kalmadi said.
The Nehru Stadium after months of construction looked messy, but the renovation work looked in full swing.
"The construction work will be completed by November 2009 and we will be running test events from March 2010", Kalmadi said.