Commonwealth games committee to seek more funds

      Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Dr. M S Gill on Monday said he will ask the government to release more funds for the Commonwealth Games. Addressing a gathering of delegates from the 71 member nations of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) at the CGF General Assembly meet here, Gill said that the games committee is facing some shortfall in the already proposed budget and so they would ask the Central Goverment to release more funds. Gill said he is certain that the Prime Minister and the Cabinet would not hesitate to make all arrangements required for smooth process of the games. He said New Delhi is bracing up to live up to the expectations of the Commonwealth Games Federation. "We have to give you arrangements which are worthwhile, which are acceptable and which are seen to be good. Therefore Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit is working day and night. We are working as hard as we can on that," Gill said. Meanwhile, Suresh Kalmadi, chairman of the organising committee of the Commonwealth Games Federation said the upcoming games village is even better than the one in Beijing Olympics. " I think it is better than the village that was there for Beijing Olympics games," said Kalmadi. 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. 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.

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