Sports Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Coordination Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on Tuesday expressed concern about the non-commencement of the construction work on the cycling velodrome.

After its fourth review meeting with the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OCCG) and various Government agencies, the Commission said, except for the velodrome, it was satisfied with the progress of the construction work at different venues.

“The overall impression is positive and the Commission is satisfied that quality venues can be ready for the Games. However, one venue, cycling, does give a cause for concern as no work has commenced as yet on the velodrome,” said Austin Sealy, Chairman of the Commission and Honorary Treasurer of the CGF, while addressing mediamen here.

But the OCCG President, Suresh Kalmadi, was confident that the velodrome would be ready before the Games. “The Sports Ministry has said that the velodrome will be ready in time.

Games village

The other point of concern for the Commission was the Games village, the construction of which has been challenged in the Delhi High Court on the ground of environmental issues.

“The CGF is aware of an issue affecting the village, presently before the courts and therefore the Federation considers it inappropriate to comment on the matter other than to note that any change at this late stage to the Games village would seriously jeopardise India’s hosting the Games in 2010. The OCCG has been urged to have the matter resolved urgently,” Sealy said. Sealy apprehended that if the village issue prevented India from hosting the 2010 Games, then it would be cancelled as there would not be enough time left to choose an alternative venue.

Kalmadi, however, was hopeful that the issue would be sorted out and it would pose no hurdle for the holding the Games. “The construction work at the Games village is going on and the court has not put any stay order,” he said.

The report regarding the progress of the preparation for the Games will be presented at the CGF’s Executive Board and General Assembly, to be held in Gambia next week. The Commission, which has urged the OCCG to be ready to host the “best ever Games,” will next visit Delhi in March to review the progress.

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