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Stadia still not game for Games


Priyanka Dube,CNN-IBN
Aug 26, 2010 at 04:21pm IST

New Delhi: All Commonwealth Games venues have been formally handed over to the Organising Committee (OC), which will take at least a month to finish the overlays work.

But are the stadia Games-ready? CNN-IBN did a status check.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium is one of the main venues of CWG 2010. But a look inside reveals not such a pretty sight. The landscaping work is still going on and debris and other construction material are strewn all around.

The Yamuna Sports Complex doesn't look any better. The construction here is also still on.

Since the last week not much has changed at the Yamuna Sports Complex, which is the main venue for the table tennis event. Construction material is strewn all across the complex.

Since monsoons began, waterlogging has been a major cause for concern here. But the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) says it is now installing what it calls a special water drainage system to solve the problem.

Talkatora Stadium, which is the boxing venue, still awaits the boxing ring. The OC promises it will be installed by September 1.

At the SP Mukherjee Swimming Stadium, the overlays work is done and the field of play is ready. But work on the temporary structure, that will house all spectators at the Yamuna Archery Complex, has still not started.

The stadia are now the responsibility of the Commonwealth Games officials who are confident they will be ready come October 3. Ready they will have to because the buck stops here.

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