Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Randhir gets down to the nitty-gritty of the Games work

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Vice-chairman of the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (CGOC) Randhir Singh, who has emerged as the pointsman for the 2010 New Delhi Games, has started addressing the areas of concern listed by Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell here over a week ago.
Randhir, who has been entrusted the control of the Games sub-committees, started to use the whip Monday by calling the panels in-charge of the functional areas Fennell raised.

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general is also meeting the officials of the 17 national sports federations Wednesday to discuss the problems they are facing in carrying out their functions. And Thursday-Frdiay he will interact with chairpersons of various sub-committees.

Addressing a news conference at the end of the CGF General Assembly meeting here over a week ago, Fennell said little work had been done in crucial functional areas like ticketing, actual technical conduct of the Games, spectator support management and logistics operations. Randhir Singh says he is keen on addressing these problems on a priority basis.

Randhir told IANS coordination among various committees was crucial as a lot of work was overlapping.

“It was decided to have one member of every committee on other committees wherever there is a danger of duplication of work and clash of interests. Things will have fallen in place and a lot of work would have been done by the time the coordination committee of the Games (COCOM) meets here in December,” said Randhir.

Randhir, who has been the secretary-general of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) for 18 years, said he has little doubt that the Games would be a great success and the entire OC is fully focussed towards it.

“Our aim is to project India’s stature as a rising nation and the successful organisation of the Games will only enhance the country’s image. It is very important for all of us to see that Games are a big success.”

Randhir said he wants the working of all committee to be transparent and he himself would interact with the media at least once a week to address all questions as such meetings would also throw up ideas and valuable suggestions.

“I am not opposed to media criticism so long as it is positive and it is without any malice or vested interests. As far as possible, the reports I submit to the Prime Minister’s Office, CGF and OC will also be released to the media so that everyone is in the know of things. Frankly, I don’t want to stick my head in the sand.”

Randhir pointed out that in the hullabaloo of controversies, good work sometimes goes unnoticed, like it happened when the CGF delegates were here.

“No-one noticed the praise the delegates heaped on the reception, accommodation and organisation. They were extremely happy with the way Ashok Hotel rose to the occasion,” Randhir said.

“Some of the International Olympic Committee members who arrived here straight from Copenhagen IOC meeting like Tunku Imran of Malaysia, great Kenyan athlete Kipchoge Keino and Austin Sealy of Barbados, were so happy to receive such a wonderful reception they received at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, particularly the welcoming signage put up by the Immigration authorities.”

Randhir insists that the delegates had nothing but admiration for the way their week-long stay was taken care of by various agencies, particularly the tourism ministry. They had the taste of the organisational capabilities of the OC and they left imagining spectacular Games in October next.

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