India’s sports minister has insisted the country was on track to host the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

Doubts about India’s ability to stage the event have grown since Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell criticised the organising committee in September, seeking an urgent meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to salvage the Games.

New Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers have, however, promised to respond to their critics and deliver a world class event.

Visiting the main arena, the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, sports minister Manohar Singh Gill inspected construction work, saying: “This most complex work is going to be ready in good time and will be available for use.”

In July the government painted a stark picture of construction delays, saying more than half the work needed to be completed in 12 of the 17 projects for the games which are due to take place next year from October 3-14.

The Nehru stadium is scheduled to stage the opening and closing ceremonies for the games, which will be India’s first major international sports event since the 1982 Asian Games.

ITN

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