NEW DELHI: The majority of the critical issues may not have been resolved as yet, and the construction of the athletics and swimming venues may still be incomplete, but the Chairman of the Coordination Commission (CoCom) of the Commonwealth Games, Austin Sealy, appreciated the “remarkable progress'' made in the last four months, as he addressed the media here on Wednesday.
Out of the 70 critical issues that were identified in December last year, 38 are yet to be resolved, but the overall progress, especially with regard to the conduct of eight test events so far, with progressive improvement, and the assurances of the concerned authorities about getting the rest of the infrastructure ready in time, has been accepted by the CoCom, that met for four days and visited the venues.
Touching the ‘distraction' in the form of government interference with regard to the release of fresh guidelines for governing sports federations, Sealy stressed that the timing was unfortunate.
He, however, emphasised that the principal focus of all agencies concerned would be to deliver the event, matching international standards.
In a lighter vein, he queried whether a note was being made when he reeled off the long term in office of many members including the CGF president, Mike Fennell.
The chairman of the organising committee, Suresh Kalmadi, also reiterated that the entire focus would be on executing the task on hand and stated that he had assured the Prime Minister the same, earlier in the day. He said that he had requested some of the members of the CoCom to visit Delhi again and periodically advise, though the final meeting of the CoCom had finished.
Expressing satisfaction about the arrangements for security after discussion with the various agencies concerned, the CoCom chairman warned that he did not want anything to be taken for granted on the sensitive issue, a reason why the subject continued to be listed as a challenge. “We need to fear nothing'', he said.