Sports Reporter

NEW DELHI: Some trial events in the run-up to the 2010 Commonwealth Games would be held from August 1 to 12 next year, according to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Secretary General Randhir Singh.

“The Organising Committee (OC), in consultation with the IOA, has decided the dates for holding the trial games to test the facilities including the Games Village and working of all the functional areas on the pattern of the main Games,” Randhir Singh, the OC Vice-President, said at a press conference here on Tuesday.

Expresses confidence

While announcing the dates of the trial events, Randhir expressed confidence that the venues would be ready on time.

The Dhyan Chand National Stadium and Tyagraj Sports Complex will be completed by September 30 this year while construction work at the Talkatora indoor stadium will be finished by October 31.

“Other venues will be ready by December 2009 while the cycling velodrome, where the construction work has just started, will be complete by March 31, 2010.The Games Village will be ready by March 1 next year,” Randhir Singh said.

The venues will be handed over to the Organising Committee by June 1, 2010.

The National sports federations will conduct some international events from February to June, 2010 to test the infrastructure.

A Parliamentary Committee on Tuesday rapped the Delhi Government and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) for the lack of coordination among themselves and expressed concern over several behind-the-schedule projects.

However, the OC insisted that there was coordination among various stakeholders of the Games. “Everyone informs us about the progress and it’s matching. There is ample time to get things ready. We have 22 committees and have held over 500 meetings with various stakeholders,” Lalit Bhanot, the Secretary General of the OC, said.

On the appointment of volunteers, Director General V.K. Verma said it would be done well in time. “The OC has started dialogues with the Delhi Government and other organisations like the NSS and NCC. We will appoint 30,000 volunteers for which registration will start on July 1 this year,” he said.

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