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Fennell and Kalmadi make joint statement
Friday, 30 October 2009

LONDON, October 29, 2009: Mr Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman, Organising Committee Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi and Mr Michael Fennell, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, met here to discuss and resolve issues which have arisen over the past few weeks.

It is agreed that there have been misunderstandings and unfortunate media statements and reports that have created a regrettable set of circumstances. However, we feel that is critical that our attention is focussed entirely on those functional areas that are essential to the successful celebration of the Games in 2010 and no useful purpose would be served by spending precious time on those issues and we will put this behind us.

We have agreed that we will continue to work together as partners, fully recognising and respecting our individual roles and ensuring that our attention is not diverted from meeting all the targets that have been agreed upon.
We also met with office-bearers of the Indian Olympic Association present in London and the Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, Hon’ble Dr. M. S. Gill and informed them of our understanding and all agreed that we must now move forward with the sole objective of guaranteeing the successful celebration of the 2010 Games in Delhi.

The next step will be the visit of the CGF Co-ordination Commission commencing December 14 and they will evaluate the progress to date and the achievement of the targets promised by the Organising Committee. The results of this review will be further considered and appropriate action agreed by all parties.

It was also agreed that no further comment would be made by the parties concerned.


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