altSEPTEMBER 18 - INDIA insisted preparations for the 2010 Commonwealth Games are on course despite moving next year's World Badminton Championships from New Delhi because the venue will not be ready.


Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president Suresh Kalmadi
said the necessary infrastructure needed for the New Delhi Games would be ready by the end of next year so test events can be held.

He said: "Though it may seem preparation for the Games are not on the right track, people will begin to notice the difference in two or three months."


V.K.Verma, the director general of the New Delhi Commownealth organising committee, said the reason they had switched the World Championships from New Delhi to Hyderabad because they could not guarantee that the venue would be ready.


He said: "We could not have risked the World Championships with the last-minute completion of the venue."


Verma, who is also the president of the Badminton Association of India (BAI), said: "We have no reason to complain and the Badminton World Federation are equally happy."


There have been fears that Delhi has fallen behind schedule in the building necessary for them to stage the Games, which will be held in October 2010 and will be attended by 85 countries competing in 17 disciplines, for the first time but Commonwealth Games Federation officials have consistently said that they are satisfied with progress so far.