India to host green Commonwealth Games

June 5th, 2009 - 9:47 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) The organising committee of the 2010 Commonwealth Games launched a green games initiative on World Environment day here Friday.
Jasmine saplings on behalf of 71 participating nations were planted in the “Commonwealth Garden of 71″. A green games portal, highlighting the vision and environment awareness programmes, was also launched.

Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman Organising Committee 2010 Commonwealth Games, said India will be hosting the first green Commonwealth Games (CWG).

“Each one of us has a role to play to ensure that India hosts the first green Commonwealth Games. There had been green Olympics but that is not been the case with Commonwealth Games. We have begun with Thyagaraj stadium and Games Village and will make sure that every stadium in the country is environment friendly,” Kalmadi said at a press meet here.

Kalmadi also reiterated that strict security measures will be taken for CWG.

“We are taking every step to ensure the foolproof security of the Games. We will be having a meeting with home ministry and will be briefing it shortly.”

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit unveiled the Commonwealth Games countdown clock with only 485 days left for the mega-event.

“We are prepared for the Games. I will like to use this moment to ask every citizen to come forward for ensure green Games. We at the moment have about 23 percent greenery in Delhi and our target is to make it 33 percent in the next four to five years.

“We are nervous as the Games are approaching fast but I am sure with the support of everyone we will have a memorable event.”

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