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OC moves into Talkatora Indoor Stadium - and in operational phase

NEW DELHI, 9 July 2010: Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi (OC CWG Delhi 2010) on Friday started its operational phase for the celebrations in October when its venue team moved into the Talkatora Stadium, venue for the boxing competitions. “It is a milestone moment for us as we move from planning stage to operational stage,” said OC CWG Delhi 2010 Chairman Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP.
Praising the venue owner, NDMC, for refurbishing the stadium and making it world class, besides adding an administrative block, Mr. Kalmadi said the early shift would help the venue team be better integrated, better acquainted with one other, with the venue itself and with the venue owner.
“We have begun the process of moving into competition and non-competition venues and, in a week’s time, we will have moved into many venues,” he said. “I was heartened by the positive response we drew from the Heads of Missions of Commonwealth nations here earlier this week. They know we can deliver a great Games. We will.”
Mr. Kalmadi said 85 members of the OC CWG Delhi 2010 workforce would operate at the Talkatora Stadium during the Games. “Some have spent time at the venue during the Commonwealth Boxing Championship and have been visiting the stadium on a regular basis during the planning phase We have also identified 500 volunteers to be assigned to the stadium and these will have venue specific training in the coming weeks,” he said.
“Talkatora Indoor Stadium will be a model venue for most integration activities of several Functional Areas within the Organising Committee. The installation of technology, field of play equipment and overlays will all be done now. For example, the close to 35km of cables would be laid for a variety of purposes, including the Timing, Scoring and Result system which itself will include the large video screens in the stadium,” he said.