Fennell concerned over delay in hotel construction, happy otherwise

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Pune, July 6 (UNI) Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) President Michael Fennell has expressed satisfaction over the preparations underway for the third Commonwealth Youth Games that will commence at the Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex Mahalunge-Balewadi near here from October 12.

''The major point of concern is the construction of the hotel which will serve as the games village. It is awfully behind schedule,'' Mr Fennell however rued while addressing a press conference here today. ''As regards the competition venues, they all meet the requirements and are of Olympic standards'', the CGF chief said expressing his happiness.

To a question on the apprehensions expressed by some participating countries on the weather conditions, Mr Fennell pointed out that sportspersons have to adapt to the climatic conditions as they are not the same the world over.

Earlier, CYG Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi informed that Prasar Bharati has been delegated as the hosts ''Broadcasters''.

Mr Kalmadi said as a prelude to the games, a ''Baton Relay'' will be flagged off from the Delhi University on August 1. After passing through nine states and covering a distance of approximately 8000 kilometers, the relay will arrive here at the Pune University on October 8.

Mr Kalmadi also announced the appointment of Badminton Association of India (BAI) President Vikram Verma as Director General for both the Pune CYG and the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Yesterday, Mr Fennell, along with Chief Executive Officer Mike Hooper, attended the CGF Executive Board meeting held here. The Executive Board, which met for the first time in Pune, will be furnishing the progress of the preparations to the 71 participating nations, Mr Fennell said.

During their short stay here, Mr Fennell and Mr Hooper also attended the 100-day celebration on July 4. ''It was indeed heartening to witness the tremendous enthusiasm from the citizens of the vibrant city showcasing the first ever games in Asia,'' Mr Fennell commented.

Mr Fennell described the Pune games as the ''Green Games'' since the games will urge the need to combat ''Global Warming'' and ''Save the Tiger''.

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