Top Australian sports firms to be involved in Commonwealth Games 2010 infrastructureApril 8th, 2008 - 10:34 pm ICT by admin
New Delhi, Apr.8 (ANI): Leading Australian sports infrastructure companies that participated in building the Olympic Park for the Sydney Olympics will use the latest technological advances and be involved in the infrastructure for the Commonwealth Games 2010 in New Delhi.
The economic opportunities provided by the Commonwealth Games was highlighted in the ‘Queensland-India Partnership: Sports Infrastructure and Commonwealth Games 2010′ held in New Delhi on 8 April 2008, organised by the Australiand Government, the Queensland Government and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).
Queensland Premier Anne Bligh, B.S. Ojha, Director General of the Organising Committee of the Commonwealth Games 2010, John McCarthy, High Commissioner of Australia to India, Bharat Wakhlu, Resident Director, Tata Services Ltd, and Jayant Bhuyan, Deputy Director General, CII were among those who addressed the conference.
Emphasizing the warm sporting relations between India and Australia, Bligh also mentioned that a Queensland-based company, Taiyo Membrane Corporation will build the tensile roof for the Flagship Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium for the Commonwealth Games 2010.
Taiyo, and other world-class Queensland companies such as HOK sports, AEG Ogden, Rebound Ace, Golders Associates and Nexus Gamegear, have been involved in building state-of-the-art sports infrastructure across the world, from the roof of the 50,000-seat Nelson Mandela Stadium in South Africa to the Hockey Club in Hong Kong.
Bligh also spoke of the ‘transformational opportunity’ of the Commonwealth Games, not only as an ‘impetus to accelerate infrastructure’ but also showcase what we had to offer.
Ojha said Delhi was in the process of getting transformed and modernised for the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
Emphasising the available opportunities, he called on companies, with their diverse experience of infrastructure design, and stadium equipment to be more involved in the Games. He assured that all the infrastructure would be ‘fully delivered on time’ for the event, which will see 71 countries and 8000 athletes participating. He also provided a timeline for the various buildings and complexes that were being built.
High Commissioner McCarthy spoke of sports as an ‘important ingredient of building a sense of nationhood.’
The reason, he said, Australia went from not winning anything to being a major sporting country is that they started taking sports very seriously as a major contributor to the economy as well as lifestyle that benefits the people of the country.
More than 35 Australian companies are working extensively in Beijing for this year’s Olympics, he said. (ANI)
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