2010 venue concerns

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The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has revealed it is worried that plans for a number of India's new venues are falling behind schedule.

The Commonwealth Games are due to be held in the country next year [2010], with officials from the CGF admitting that deadlines for the openings of some venues are unlikely to be met. The reports come only weeks after the CGF had to quash rumours that former host cities Manchester and Melbourne were being lined up to host the event should India be judged unsafe following concerns about recent terrorist attacks in the country. "We are concerned that some of the construction deadlines will not be met, " CGF president Michael Funnel told CNN–IBN news. "But there is still time and if the new deadlines are met, that's fine. " Delays in building have also led to the cancellation of a number of international events were planned to serve as trial runs for the venues with the Commonwealth shooting and boxing championships postponed and the world badminton championships moved to the southern city of Hyderabad. However, organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi insisted all venues, barring the velodrome and rugby sevens arena, will be completed by the end of the year. "Many deadlines have been met and efforts are in hand to further enhance the efficiency in meeting laid down deadlines, " Kalmadi said. About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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