Under fire Commonwealth Games 2010 Organizing Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi issued a statement today thanking the people of Delhi for playing its part in organizing a great Games.
Kalmadi said, "The people of Delhi and India have done themselves proud as they have successfully hosted Delhi 2010, overcoming all challenges, and demonstrated to the world that the have the capacity and commitment to host major international events.
The OC boss then went on to praise his own team for their role in delivering a great Games. Kalmadi said, "The Indian Olympic Association was responsible for winning the bid to host the Games in Delhi. And the Organising Committee was given the task of delivering the opening and closing ceremonies and the sporting competitions. We have delivered the task of conducting the Games really well. The grand opening and closing ceremonies as well as the actual conduct of the sporting competition have received widespread acclaim and praise, including from athletes and team officials as well as from media at home and overseas.
With respect to the allegations of corruption that surrounded the build-up to the Games, Kalmadi shared, "The Honourable Prime Minister has appointed a committee to probe into all matters relating to the Commonwealth Games. We welcome the initiative and hope that it will be comprehensive, covering all aspects. The Organising Committee will be happy to provide all support to the panel.
Kalmadi concluded by thanking all the stakeholders for playing their role to perfection in the conduct of the Games, and also expressed his delight at India's athletes achieving a record medals haul.
He said, "The Organising Committee wishes to acknowledge the contributions by all those involved in the preparations and delivery of the Games, especially all stakeholders, the 22,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly and were India's ambassadors during the Games, and the media for its wonderful coverage of the Games. We owe special gratitude to the thousands of security personnel who ensured fool-proof and incident-free security arrangements, foiling any attempts to disrupt the ceremonies and the competitions. Senior Government officials, hundreds of sports officials, National Sports Federations and security agencies worked hard for years and their contribution need to be acknowledged.
"With 101 medals from 12 sport, India's sportspersons finished higher than ever before in a Commonwealth Games and made India proud.
"The whole effort of organising the Games has been applauded by the Commonwealth community and summed by the Commonwealth Games Federation President Mr. Michael Fennell that Delhi has delivered a truly exceptional Games."