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India impress Commonwealth Games Federation

March 12, 2006 17:43 IST

India passed the big test with flying colours on Sunday after a successful presentation to the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly on its preparations for the 2010 Games in New Delhi by Indian Olympic Association president Suresh Kalmadi.

After the slick 40-minute presentation, India's request for three more disciplines at the 2010 Games received a positive response and the decision to add archery, cue sports and tennis will now be taken by the CGF Sports Committee in the next few months.

Another significant move from the CGF was Pune being awarded the right to host the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.

The Youth Games in Pune will be a unique event in itself and will be held from October 12 to 18, 2008, featuring six disciplines.

Interestingly, some CGF members requested for one or two additional disciplines to be added to the schedule.

The six disciplines in the Pune Games will be athletics, badminton, boxing, shooting, tennis and weightlifting.

Swimming could be an addition to this list.

Summing up the overall reaction to the presentations made, a satisfied Kalmadi said, "It was a great response. We have our responsibilities in place.

"Progress is being made in Delhi and we have a secretariat, which is up and running. As things move further forward we will be increasing staff numbers.

"By and large, I am pleased with our progress and so was the CGF which also included Prince Edward."

Referring to the Youth Games, Kalmadi said, "Pune is a happening city. More than half the foreign students who come to study in India do so in Pune.

"It has students from 48 countries. It has the largest number of universities in India and is becoming a hub for Information Technology.

"The infrastructure is there, since Pune hosted a very successful National Games some years ago and it has hosted regular international events over the years."

Kalmadi added that "the infrastructure in New Delhi is coming along well and we should be ready in time".

"The stadia, the village and all the facilities are going to be world class."

CGF president Michael Fennell and vice-president HRH Prince Tunku Imran will be visiting India in June to see how Pune is shaping.

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