CWG priority, not thinking about Olympic bidding: Kalmadi
Bringing Olympic Games to India is Suresh Kalmadi's long-cherished dream but the IOA chief said his priority right now is to ensure that this year's Commonwealth Games proves a success.india Updated: Jan 06, 2010 18:49 IST
Bringing Olympic Games to India is Suresh Kalmadi's long-cherished dream but the IOA chief said his priority right now is to ensure that this year's Commonwealth Games proves a success.
"I don't want to talk about this issue now. Let us first make the CWG a huge success, then only we can think about bidding for Olympics," Kalmadi told PTI.
The Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee said he would love to see Olympics in India and was of the view that the Commonwealth Games would put the capital five years ahead in terms of infrastructure and sports facilities.
"As far as infrastructure and development is concerned, Delhi will move ahead by five years because of Commonwealth Games. It includes metro, airport terminal, roads and games venues. It will be a lasting legacy. Games will bring development and Delhi will become a hot tourist destination," said the Indian Olympic Association president.
Asked if that would strengthen India's Olympic bid, Kalmadi said, "I would not like to comment on that now. I am focussing on CWG only."
Kalmadi said that capital was all geared up to welcome visitors during the Games.
"There are enough hotel rooms. We have bread-and-breakfast scheme apart from 3000 DDA flats. We are also going to have tent cities in Delhi government and defence land," he said.