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Govt keen to host successful Commonwealth Games: Gill

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is taking personal interest and the government is keen to ensure that Delhi hosts the best Commonwealth Games ever, Sports Minister MS Gill said on Thursday.

world Updated: Oct 29, 2009 20:21 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is taking personal interest and the government is keen to ensure that Delhi hosts the best Commonwealth Games ever, Sports Minister MS Gill said on Thursday.

Gill downplayed the spat between the Organising Committee (OC) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) over Delhi's preparation for the event and said the government would do everything to make it a success.

"(CGF president Michael) Fennell spoke to me over phone and I have been in constant touch with (OC chairman) Suresh
Kalmadi. All I want is to assure that there is no crisis.

Whatever differences are there will be sorted out," Gill told reporters after the Queen's Baton Relay.

"The message is clear -- that India will host the best Commonwealth Games. I also want to say that the Government is
very keen on hosting good games," Gill said.

"The mood of the country, mood of the cabinet and mood of the Prime Minister are upbeat about hosting the 2010 games.

Prime Minister keeps talking to me whenever possible to find out the progress that has been made," he said.

CGF and OC are at the loggerheads after Fennell flayed the organisers for lagging behind in their preparation for the
event.