Dispelling concerns about next week's Commonwealth games, India has assured 71 participating nations that the 12-day sporting event will be very successful.
During a meeting here with Commonwealth ministers yesterday, External Affairs Minister S M Krishna invited sports persons from Commonwealth nations to attend the October 3-14 Games.
"I invited spokespersons and representatives of sporting bodies from Commonwealth countries to Delhi for the opening session next Sunday," he told the Indian media, after coming out of the meeting.
No there are going to be very happy to come," he added, in response to whether there had been resistance due to recent reports that New Delhi hadn’ t got its act together in time in preparing for the Games.
Krishna, who is in the United Nations attending the opening session of the UN General Assembly since last week, also tried to dispel any concerns about the Games.
"The people, the government and the prime minister of India are resolved and determined to make the Commonwealth Games a success," he told BBC, noting that all athletes and participants arriving in New Delhi would be protected and they have no reason to worry.
On Sunday, the Commonwealth countries wished India all the best for the embattled CWG, and expressed confidence that the Games will be a success.
"We wish India and the Games Federating all possible success and our support," said Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General.
"They will go ahead. They will honour the athletes who have invested so much energy into their participation."
After being slammed by the Indian and foreign media about the deplorable arrangements from filthy rooms to lack of security, the CWG organisers appear to have got the situation under control.
Australia Chef de Mission Steve Monoghetti today expressed satisfaction over the facilities being provided to the athletes and delegates of his country in the Commonwealth Games Village in Geneva.
"We are working very hard. We have brought the largest team from Australia. We are enjoying a comfortable life in the Village," Monoghetti told Australian media.