Venues will be ready, says Hooper

A confident Hooper said India is left with no choice but to complete the task it has taken up and it will. “Look, there is no denying that we voiced our concerns repeatedly over preparations for the Games. If you remember, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Michael Fennell in December termed the delays in the completion of stadiums ‘distressing’. By early this year he said there are ‘some concerns’ and last week he was satisfied with the progress. So things are improving for sure,” Hooper said.

“The Games are going to take place from Oct 3-14 in India and there is no way the date or the venue is shifting. The deadlines have been revised several times and we have reached the stage when things are really tight. If that means, working 24 hours a day,  so be it.”

Hooper said the success of the various testing events of different disciplines showed that things are right on track.

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