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Second Annual Meeting of CYG Pune, 2008 concludes: Preparations on schedule to host the Commonwealth Youth Games Pune 2008
May 12th 2008: The Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Games Pune, 2008 held its 2nd Annual Meeting at Le Meridien in the city on 12th May 2008. This high profile meeting was held to give an update on the progress of the preparations for the upcoming games to be held in October.

The annual meeting witnessed presentations by stakeholders including Government of Maharashtra and PMC and various sub-committees detailing the progress made in their respective functional areas.

These included Security and Traffic, Doping Control & Medical Services, Licensing & Merchandising, Accommodation, Hospitality, Technology, Accreditation, Sponsorship & Marketing and Volunteer Programme.

Addressing the meeting, Mr. Suresh Kalmadi, MP & Chairman, OC, CYG Pune 2008 and CWG Delhi 2010 said, “Commonwealth Games 2008 project is an ambitious and exceptional one which will leave a tremendous legacy to the Pune. I would llike to personally thank all the committee members for working hard to ensure that we host a truly spectacular Youth Games this October.”

Mr. Kalmadi added, “The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) has budgeted 1500 crores for extensive upgradation and construction of the city infrastructure and civic amenities to get ready for the games. He also thanked all the stakeholders including the Army for having co-operated and supported CYG in Pune”.

Mr. Laxmikant Deshmukh, Sports Director, Maharashtra was also present at the meeting. He gave an update on the progress of the Sports Infrastructure at the Balewadi Sports complex and said that almost 90% of the development work has been completed. Out of the nine disciplines, sporting venues for seven disciplines will be ready by the end of May 2008. The balance two venues will be ready by June 2008. An amount of 400 crores is being spent on the development of the Balewadi Stadium.

The Balewadi Stadium promises to be a significant landmark in the development of India’s sports infrastructure and will continue to provide an impetus to future sports events in the country post CYG 2008. World class sports infrastructure at Balewadi has facilitated World Badminton Championships which will be held there immediately after the youth games from 23rd October 2008.

As the largest sporting event in Pune, CYG 2008 is expected to bring huge opportunities to the host city and help facilitate the rejuvenation of the the city infrastructure.

An overview of the games was given by Lt. Gen. Ashok Kapur, ADG, CYG Pune 2008. Mr. Vivek Kharwardkar, Additional City Engg, PMC presented PMC’s plan for Pune city as it gears up for the youth games. Mr. Shirke, PCMC elaborated on the development of the city infrastructure.

Mohd. Aslam Khan, Chairman, Accreditation & Protocol, CWG Delhi 2010 explained the importance of the Accreditation & Protocol function of the games. Mr. Sunil Phulare, DCP shared the initiatives of the Pune Police in delivering a secure games in the city and in Balewadi. Lt. Gen. R K Chhabra, Chief of Staff, Southern Command also briefed the audience on initiatives taken by the Army towards making CYG a success. Prasar Bharati will be the host broadcaster for the games and will telecast the event live nationally.

Various green initiatives have been taken by the CYG Committee as a part of the games to create awareness about the environmental issues at various levels of the society through various programs. In keeping with the theme of “Go green”, green technology has been used in the construction, building and energy sectors. Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Limited (IL&FS) and Global Managed Services have come on board and are developing strategies to create a model for the green games in order to minimize the environmental footprints of the games as much as possible.

Mr. Jason Dwyer, Director YBR along with Mr. Satish Pradhan, Vice President GTCC gave details about the Youth Baton Relay (YBR) which is a tradition that is being introduced for the first time in Commonwealth Youth Games. The underlying objective of the Youth Baton Relay is to create awareness about the CYG and get participation from people throughout the country for this event. The thematically designed baton will visit hundreds of universities and colleges on the route and more than 10 lac people will be part of this event.

Mr. Mike Hooper, CEO, Commonwealth Games Federation expressed satisfaction on the preparation of the games.

The general mood of the meeting was one of euphoria because the committee is pleased with the progress that has been made so far.
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