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Updated: January 5, 2010 16:06 IST

No need to push the panic button: Kalmadi

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A file photo of Suresh Kalmadi
A file photo of Suresh Kalmadi

Delhi’s Chief Minister is nervous about the hosting of Commonwealth Games in the capital but the event’s Organising Committee head Suresh Kalmadi assures that all is well with the preparations despite umpteen delays.

In an interview to PTI, Kalmadi claimed that Delhi will host the Games more successfully than Manchester (2002) and Melbourne (2006).

“There is no need to push the panic button. We are going to have the best ever Commonwealth Games. I would like to assure the entire country that all the pending work would be completed within the set deadlines. The Delhi Games would be better than Melbourne and Manchester,” Mr. Kalmadi, who is also the President of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA), said.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit had recently created a flutter by saying that she was nervous about the preparation and was praying to god for a successful Commonwealth Games.

Mr. Kalmadi, however, brushed aside the concerns.

“That you have to ask her. From my side I can assure, we won’t let you down. We are working harder collectively towards achieving our goal,” he said.

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