Queensland ties up with India for Commonwealth Games

April 8th, 2008 - 8:50 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) With the Commonwealth Games not too far away, the India Tuesday entered into a tie-up with the Queensland state government in Australia to strengthen business links, keeping the Games in view. Leading Queensland sports infrastructure companies, which participated in building Olympic Park for the Sydney Olympics, will be a part of the infrastructure building teams for the 2010 New Delhi Commonwealth Games.

“Queensland has been in business ties with India, but primarily for natural resources. But now we are looking to go beyond that. We want to show our expertise in other fields as well. Commonwealth Games is one such area,” Anne Bligh, Queensland Premier said while addressing a seminar called “Queensland-India Partnership: Sports Infrastructure and Commonwealth Games 2010″ here.

“We would extend our help wherever the Commonwealth committee will ask us. At present, one of our companies, Taiyo Membrane Corporation, has received a Letter of Intent for construction of the new tensile membrane roof for the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which is the host to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games,” she added.

To mark its presence in India, Brisbane’s China Stars Events will organise the inaugural Southern Stars International Cricket Cup in partnership with the Delhi -based Pelican Sports Management Dec 8-16 here.

B.S. Ojha, Director-General, Commonwealth Organising Committee, said his committee would make sure that the Commonwealth Games in Delhi would be the best ever.

“Preparation for the Games is picking up speed. We will make sure that we finish the work on venues and the required equipments are delivered on time. The Queensland government would be helping us to train our athletes besides working with us in event management and infrastructure building,” Ojha said.

“We would have pre-Commonwealth meets from June-July next year which would culminate by April 2010. It will be for the first time all the athletes will be taking part in the prelude to the Games. The Delhi Chief Minister has assured us that there will be no power and water problems in the city,” he added.

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