CGF happy with 2010 Commonwealth Games work progress


New Delhi : The co-ordination commission of Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has expressed its satisfaction with the progress of the work for the Youth Commonwealth Games in Pune this year and for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

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“The vision for the Youth Games has been considerably expanded and the plans for the event will certainly raise the profile and statute of the event. The organising committee and local governments in Pune have well-developed, cooperative plans as well as the determination to deliver an outstanding event,” said Bruce Robertson, acting chairman of the co-ordination commission here Friday, after their first visit to Pune.

Robertson hoped the Youth Games would showcase India’s potential to host a mega event successfully.

Pune will host the Youth Games from Oct 12-18 with all the 71 Commonwealth countries participating in it bringing some 2000 athletes and officials to Pune.

Robertson, who is also the vice-president of the CGF, said he was happy with the overall preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

“We are happy with the progress but one concern for us is the accommodation. There is a shortage of accommodation in the city, but I hope more hotels will come up in the coming days to keep pace with the influx of tourists,” said Robertson.

Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the organising committee said Doordarshan would be the host broadcaster while the overseas rights were sold to Network 10 of Australia and Television New Zealand for a good rate.