Glasgow: Top officials of the Commonwealth Games Federation today patted the Glasgow 2014 organisers for a smooth-sailing build-up and for saving the CGF from 2010 Delhi-like “headache”.
Addressing a press conference just hours before the opening ceremony of the 20th Games, CGF president Prince Imran Tunku said that Glasgow has been the best ever Games in terms of preparations.
“In terms of preparations, this is really the best ever Games. I am very happy as this is happening in my first term as president. I didn't have headaches which my predecessor might have faced in the earlier editions,” Tunku said in obvious reference to the 2010 Games which was marred by corruption scandals and construction delays though Delhi had delivered a hugely successful event.
“Right from the beginning we in the CGF had the confidence in the way of the Glasgow organisers. They were very thorough in their approach and they had not set a foot wrong. When they say they will do something it would be spot on,” the CGF chief said.
“With the participation of 4929 athletes, Glasgow 2014 will be the biggest ever Games and we are confident that the Glasgow 2014 will be a great Games,” he added.
CGF Chief Executive Mike Hooper also said that Glasgow and Delhi cannot be compared in terms of preparations.
“It will be chalk and cheese, Delhi and Glasgow cannot be compared in terms of preparations. But Delhi went on to deliver a great Games,” said Hooper, who had a frosty relationship with Delhi CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi.
“I believe Glasgow has the potential to be the best ever Games,” he said.
Hooper also praised the Glasgow organisers for being able to sell 1.1 million tickets, claimed by Chief Executive Glasgow 2014 David Grevemberg.
“It is fantastic to sell 1.1 million tickets, exceeding the estimated revenue from the ticket sales.”