Kalmadi formally bids Asiad 2014 for India

By Indo Asian News Service | Saturday, December 02, 2006 | 7:57:44 PM IST (+05:30 GMT) Comment 0 Comment

Doha, Dec 2 (IANS) The Chairman of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi presented an update on New Delhi's bid to host the 2014 Asian Games to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) here Saturday.

Doha, Dec 2 (IANS) The Chairman of the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi presented an update on New Delhi's bid to host the 2014 Asian Games to the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) here Saturday.

'Our bid is clean, friendly, experienced and heavily supported,' said Kalmadi, who stressed Indian hospitality in particular, adding: 'We want visitors to arrive in Delhi and India as a guest, but return home as family.'

With almost all members of the OCA represented in Doha due to the current Asian Games, he was able to outline New Delhi's key and unique advantages.

Commenting on the benefits of hosting a major Games event such as the Commonwealth Games only four years in advance of 2014, he said: 'It is not just Delhi, but all of India that is firmly behind this bid for the 2014 Asian Games. We have unqualified support from all levels of Indian government, and will be in the very fortunate position of having hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which will lend a invaluable level of infrastructure and Games experience.'

India's young were also highlighted, and with over 70 percent of India's population fitting the description 'youth', the bid is full of energy and optimism, that is reflected among many Indian sports lovers, who want to bring the Asian Games back to India for the first time in 30 years.

Kalmadi also highlighted the environmental friendliness that is critical to both the Games period, and its lasting legacy.

Delhi has the world's largest eco-friendly bus fleet and expects that its status as one of the world's greenest capitals would be a significant positive for the event.

Delhi and India are also confident that the communications infrastructure set up for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games will see a co-ordinated logistical approach second to none, aided by Indian ability in the English language, which will only enhance communication across the board.

With the OCA to decide on the host in Kuwait in April 2007, Indian hopes are high that the ancient concept of 'Athithi Devo Bhave' ('The Guest is God') will be one enjoyed by many visitors to the 2014 Asian Games.

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