Commonwealth Games work progress reviewed

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New Delhi, Aug 19 (ANI): As a part of overseeing the preparedness for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, Union Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs M S Gill visited the Karni Singh Shooting Range here on Wednesday.

The purpose of this visit was to review the progress of work for the Commonwealth Games to be staged in Delhi next year.

In the course of his tour of the various sites, he had extensive discussions with the engineers and other concerned officials.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Sports and Indian Olympic Committee also accompanied Gill.

Later, speaking to mediapersons, he said a lot of work remains to be done before the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, scheduled to be held in February, next year.

"I am willing to accept from them (officials) that lot of work has been done but it is also visible to me and to them that lot of work remains. On that they have explained to me all sides, engineering side and others, that how quality and in what manner with more labour more work they will be able to fit it all together in good time because we have to have the Championships of Commonwealth Shooting in February next year. I must have it complete before that," he said.

Preparations are in full swing in New Delhi for hosting the 2010 Commonwealth Games at an estimated cost of 70 billion rupees.

Delhi had bagged the contract after beating the Canadian city Hamilton in the bid for the games.

The Games will be staged in India for the first time and in Asia for the second time.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, held the Commonwealth Games in 1998.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games will be India's first major international sports event after the 1982 Asian Games.

New Delhi hosted the inaugural Asian Games in 1951 and again in 1982. (ANI)

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