Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi today conceded that there are many challenges in hosting the 2010 Games but assured the CGF General Assembly delegates that India would overcome them to deliver a memorably well-organised event.

“There are many challenges but I can assure you that we will live up to them,” Kalmadi said, addressing the delegates of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly.

“We have the full support of the Government of India, with Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh taking personal interest and with Sports Minister M S Gill co-ordinating the efforts to ensure that the Games are successful. We also have Chief Minister Mrs Shiela Dikshit ensuring that Delhi will put its best foot forward to host the games,” he added.

Kalmadi said the organising committee will live up to the CGF’s expectations.

“You have seen the venues and village and the Organising Committee headquarters which is the operation centre for the Games. I would like to thank the CGAs for giving us support and guidance. The next Co-ordination Commission visit is due in December and we will work to live up to the expectations of the CGF,” he said.

Sports Minister M S Gill said the Indian government was giving all necessary support to the organising committee.

“I will reiterate what Mr Kalmadi said - and, frankly, it does not need saying - we are Team India and the Government of India has offered total support without any hesitation. We are in a single line of linkages and all together into this.

The Prime Minister takes meetings regularly and has given the Group of Ministers under Mr S Jaipal Reddy the mandate to ensure that we are ready and complete for the Games,” he said.

“In order to expand the budget of the Organising Committee as is necessary according to financial examination of proposals made, we are about to go to Cabinet and get the sanction.”

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