2010 Games on track, says Mike Fennell

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New Delhi:  The chief of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Fennell, who had raised serious concerns over tardy preparations for 2010 Games, has now said the Games are on track and the Indian government has assured him of all support.

He indicated that the city is getting on track for the Games despite a delayed start of its infrastructure plans and said that the federation will ensure the Games are organised smoothly.

Fennell said many of the reports on Delhi's tardy preparations for the 2010 Games were "not quite accurate" and the government of India was paying full attention to hosting the event successfully.

"We are coming here in the midst of many adverse reports about Delhi, reports that are not quite accurate," Fennell, who has been quite critical in his assessment of Delhi's preparedness in the past, said while inaugurating the Commonwealth Games Federation General Assembly here.

"But one conflicting fact is that attention is being paid by the government of India through (Sports) Minister M S Gill, who has given unqualified assurance that all the resources that are necessary to ensure the successful celebration of the Games in 2010 will be provided by the government," he added.

Fennell had earlier raised doubts, in his now famous letter last month, on the preparations for the Games. But a series of venue inspections and a meeting with Sports Minister MS Gill seem to have satisfied him.

He will give his final verdict at a press conference on Monday evening.

Earlier, Prince Edward, who is the vice patron of the Commonwealth Games, visited four venues on Sunday, including the National Stadium, which is the venue for the hockey matches.

This stadium will have to be ready by March, as it's the hosting the hockey world cup as well.

(With PTI inputs)

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