Sports ministry sets up panel for CWG venues’ use

first_imgAfter the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG), one of the main questions that did the rounds amongst the sports fraternity was whether the stadiums, built spending crores of rupees, would ultimately be available to the athletes for training or whether they would turn into proverbial ‘white elephants’. Sports minister Ajay Maken announced on Saturday the formation of a committee comprising renowned sportspersons, which would submit a report about ways to utilise the stadiums in the best possible way.Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the National Stadium in New DelhiMaken, who on Saturday went on a visit to five CWG stadiums, added that the committee will have their first meeting on Monday and would submit their report within four weeks after which steps will be taken keeping in mind the London 2012 Olympics.”I am happy to see the worldclass infrastructure in place. At the same time, it was disappointing to see that no players are practising in these state-of-the art stadiums.”So we have decided to form a committee comprising renowned sportspersons PT Usha, Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia and Dilip Tirkey who would prepare a report on how to utilise the stadiums for the benefit of the athletes. Veteran journalist K Dutta would also be a member of the committee headed by secretary (sports),” Maken said.”We will be mainly focussing on three aspects regarding the stadiums: firstly, how to utilise them as training centres for young athletes; secondly, making the stadiums available to top athletes keeping in mind the London 2012 Olympics and thirdly, hosting national and international sporting events – the calendar of which will be out soon,” said Maken.advertisementRegarding the maintenance of the stadiums, the minister declared that he would like them to be maintained by the government rather than a public-private-partnership model.”The sports ministry has decided to hand over three stadiums to NDMC for cleaning and another two would be maintained by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). CPWD had to do the maintenance till March 31 and we are considering allowing them to do so beyond that date,” he said.Maken added that the SAI is also in touch with sport federations as well as the DDA regarding training of athletes for London 2012.”What we could not provide to the athletes during the CWG, we would like to do that for the Olympics which is 15 months away. The SAI is constantly in touch with the federations regarding their preparations.We are also in consultation with the DDA to arrange their accommodation during their stay in the capital,” Maken said.Maken visited Dr SPM Swimming Complex, National Stadium, IGI Stadium and JLN Stadium and Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.last_img

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