New Delhi: The good news for sports lovers is that the 2010 Commonwealth games in Delhi will go ahead on schedule.
The Commonwealth Games Federation has played down security concerns and rubbished reports that the games could be moved to an alternate venue.
“Talks of secret discussions that have been in the press are nonsense. There were none. Quite clearly, the games are going to happen in New Delhi in 2010,” said CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Hooper.
Well that debate is settled for the moment. As CEO of the Commonwealth Games Federation Mike Hooper has been in India for over two years now, dealing with authorities to ensure that despite time delays, Delhi is ready in time for the games.
The latest roadblock is security concerns expressed by some countries after the Mumbai and Lahore attacks. Hooper and his team though have no such issues.
“This is an evolving process, we will continue to work with the authorities, the government of India, the Delhi government etc to ensure that the arrangements are adequate for a safe and secure environment,” Hooper added.
The Indian Olympic association and the organising committee for the Commonwealth Games admit that securing multi discipline games is the biggest headache for any country these days.
The responsibility of keeping Delhi incident free lies with the home ministry and security agencies.
Chairman of the Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi said, “The Commonwealth Games Federation's security advisor Neil Fergus has just visited us three weeks ago. He has given us a complete report of what needs to be done. The Lieutenant Governor and the Home Minister has taken note of what needs to be done. Neil Fergus has been visiting us for the past three years.”
Security plans though remain out of bounds with the concerned agencies keeping their cards close to their chest. But the critics who voiced disaster for the plans have been silenced.