Opening ceremony on schedule even if it rains: Bhanot
With incessant rains showing no signs of relenting, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee today tried to put up a brave face and said even if it downpours on October 3 the opening ceremony of the mega event will not be "rescheduled".delhi Updated: Sep 13, 2010 23:41 IST
With incessant rains showing no signs of relenting, the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee on Monday tried to put up a brave face and said even if it downpours on October 3 the opening ceremony of the mega event will not be "rescheduled".
The OC said that opening ceremony of other Games like 2008 Beijing Olympics and 2006 Doha Asian Games had also witnessed rainfall but events went on as per the schedule.
"The opening ceremony will take place as per the schedule even if it rains. We are ready to face the situation but there is no question of rescheduling it. We are all set for the opening ceremony of CWG. It will go as per the scheduled programme and there will be no change in it," CWG secretary general Lalit Bhanot said during media's visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, the main venue for the Delhi Games.
"Rainfall had occurred during the opening ceremony of Asian Games at Doha in 2006, Seoul Olympics in 1988 and even in the Beijing Olympics in 2008. There is no question of postponement. Everything is in place and we will have best Games ever," he reiterated.
Around 60,000 spectators are expected to witness the opening ceremony of the October 3-14 mega event scheduled to start at 7:30 pm at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.
On the preparedness of the stadium, which will host the track and field events, weightlifting and lawn bowls competition apart from the opening and closing ceremonies, Bhanot said the venue is match ready and all the overlay work has been completed.
"JLN stadium is ready to host the opening ceremony and the sports scheduled there. The first of its kind Aerostat Hellium balloon has been in place for the opening ceremony, which has never been projected at any of the sporting event anywhere in the world.
"There is a large video screen which will move at 360 degree angle. Whenever there is a big event, you need to spend a lot of money. The Games is associated with the image of India as three billion people worldwide would be watching the event," he said.
Reacting to reports that some damage has been done to the synthetic turf of the JLN stadium because of the continuous rains, Bhanot said, "World champions are taking part in the athletic event and there has been no single damage to the turf."
"We have already tested it and everything is ready."
Organising Committee vice-chairman Randhir Singh also brushed aside concerns about leaking roofs and waterlogging at any of the stadiums and declared all competition venues ready for the Games.
"We are busy in giving last minutes finishing touches to our preparations. Rain as both positively and negatively affected us but we are not at all worried. JLN stadium and all other stadiums are world class and we are well planned and well placed at this point of time," he said.