Venue tides over teething troubles, set to host champions' parade

The stadium was inaugurated on July 18, but work is still nearing its completion with only 17 days remaining for the CWG. Incidents of an athlete injuring his ankle while training at the SPM stadium and heavy leakage through the roof have tarnished the image of the largest covered swimming stadium in the country.

However, Khazan Singh, former Indian swimmer and now the venue administrator for the SPM stadium, said things have improved over the months.

“As far as I am concerned, the field of play is very much ready to host all the events. The practice pools are also ready and the electronic timer-boards too have been set up.”
The diving area remains a cause for concern as the process of fixing boards is still going on, but Khazan promised that everything would be ready in time for the competition.

But some technical flaws are very obvious. There are no barriers around the stairs that lead to the diving area and the canopy over the stairs is only a little over six feet tall, which can trouble many athletes. However, officials insisted that everything has been done in accordance with international norms.

“We have received guidelines from the authorities as to how to build the area. The diving boards are two and five feet high, so I am sure the canopy will not cause any problems to the divers.

“The stair covering has been kept to minimum because only one athlete will climb the stairs at a time,” said Arun Sahai, an official with the Ahluwalia Constructions, the chief contractor of the SPM site.

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