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MS Gill inspects Commonwealth Games 2010 venues

Union Sports Minister MS Gill on Monday inspected the 2010 Commonwealth Games venues and expressed satisfaction at the pace of preparation for the quadrennial sporting extravaganza.

Gill visited the construction sites at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where both the inauguration and closing ceremonies are scheduled, and a swimming pool complex coming up at the Talkatora Stadium.

“I came here to see preparations and also had thorough discussions with the Sports Authority of India (SAI) officials and the engineers. I can assure you that these two stadiums will be the technology and engineering marvels,” Gill said after the inspection.

“Organising Committee officials, engineers and all others are fully motivated towards the timely completion of the work. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also spoken to the engineers who are fully focused on staging a world class event,” he added.

The CWG OC has drawn flak from different quarters for the tardy preparations with the Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell issuing a warning that the Games could turn out to be a “partial failure” if the pace of work was not sped up.

But a confident Gill, after inspecting the swimming pool complex at Tal Katora Stadium, assured that there would be enough time to hold the test events at the venues before the Delhi Games.

“Fennell has raised concerns about it but works are going fast. After two months you see the preparations yourself and by early next year, I think, it will be completed and then test events would also be organised here,” Gill said.

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