New Delhi, Nov.19: The United Kingdom will support India’s bid for Olympic Games, 2020, said Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London at a conference on ‘London & Delhi: Host Cities – Unlocking Opportunities‘, organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here on Monday.
Sharing the thoughts on hosting of Olympic Games by London in 2012 and the Commonwealth Games by Delhi in 2010, Livingstone said that the effort to host world class sporting events will enhance the opportunity for Delhi and London to develop relationship and strengthening social, cultural and economical bonding. .
Sporting events like Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games provide opportunities in improvement in the skills of local community, said Mr. Livingstone. Development of transportation and urban infrastructure contribute as key elements of growth for a nation during a mega sporting event, he said.
A memorandum of understanding has been signed with UNEP for the Commonwealth Games 2010 in Delhi, announced Suresh Kalmadi, Chairman of Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games 2010 and President, Indian Olympic Association. This will be the first step to have a green Commonwealth Games, said he said.
Kalmadi said that all the stakeholders in the infrastructural development of Commonwealth Games 2010 should hand-over all the facilities to the organising committee by December 2009. Electricity, water supply and city infrastructure are going through rapid process of development in Delhi to meet the deadline, he said.
Indian IT companies can partner Olympic Games’ organising committee of London to provide Games Management System, suggested Kalmadi to Livingstone.
Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman, London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, said that mega sporting events create job opportunities and improvement of urban infrastructure which contributes to the sustainable development of local community even after the games.
The challenge for a city is to avail all possible amenities for the games and leave a lasting legacy for years to come, said Lord Coe. It is important to drive educational and cultural values to the games and engage young people into the process, he said. Hosting a mega-sporting event is an opportunity for a city to feature in the world map and create role models, he added.
Subodh Bhargava, Past President, CII and Chairman, Wartsila India Ltd. said that Commonwealth Games and Olympics that Delhi and London are hosting is about cooperating and collaborating to meet challenges of organising two prestigious sporting events and maximising the benefits.
On the benefits of hosting mega sporting events, Mr. Bhargava said that the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics are likely to spur a boom in tourism in both the countries and in turn an upswing in demand of hotels, airlines, tours and travel industry. Infrastructure development is an area that provides immense business opportunities, he said. Planning, design, construction, management of the sports complex and stadiums, hotels, roads, flyovers and transport infrastructure constitute the opportunities in infrastructural development, said Bhargava.
CII is willing to be a partner of the organising committee of Commonwealth Games 2010 to make the games environmental friendly, said Bhargava. Carbon emission can be minimised during the games through recycling of water, energy conservation and adopting green technology as part of the planning, he added.
The other prominent participants at the conference were Mary Reilly, Chair of London Development Agency; James Bidwell, CEO – Visit London; Pavan K Varma, Director General Indian Council for Cultural Relations; Peter Kenyon, CEO, Chelsea Football Club; Vikram Chandra, CEO, NDTV Networks Plc.; Sharon Bamford, CEO, UK India Business Council; Paul Deighton, CEO, London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Rajeev Talwar, Group Executive Director, DLF Ltd.; Ian Barlow, Chairman, Think London and Partner KPMG; Philip Bouverat, Director JCB and Prem Subramaniam, Head, Tourism Infrastructure, IDFC Limited. (ANI)
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