British Prime Minister wishes the Delhi Commonwealth Games every success

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British Prime Minister David Cameron today visited the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

British Prime Minister David Cameron today visited the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, together with Foreign Secretary, William Hague, and Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, J eremy Hunt. They were accompanied by a British sports delegation comprising the Chair of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Lord Sebastian Coe; President of Commonwealth Games England and Olympian, Dame Kelly Holmes; Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave, and Chief Executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore.

The Prime Minister and delegation met Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, Dr M S Gill, and Commonwealth Games Organising Committee Chairman, Suresh Kalmadi, and congratulated them on a world-class stadium. They wished the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games every success.

The Prime Minister and Foreign Secretary also met the Commissioner of Delhi Police, Y S Dadwal, the Special Commissioner of Delhi Police, Neeraj Kumar, and the Chair of the International Security Liaison Group, R N Ravi. They were accompanied by Assistant Chief Constable Fiona Taylor, Strathclyde Police, and Chief Superintendent Jim Busby, Metropolitan Police. They noted the excellent co-operation between Delhi Police and the Metropolitan Police in preparing for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, and looked forward to a safe and successful Games in October. The Prime Minister highlighted the importance for the UK of continuing this relationship in preparation for the 2012 London Olympics and 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

The Prime Minister and delegation had the opportunity to take part in sporting activities with able bodied and special needs children participating from schools involved with the International Inspiration programme. They were joined by renowned Indian sports personalities Kapil Dev, Bishan Singh Bedi, Milkha Singh, Ajitpal Singh, P T Usha, and Ramesh Krishnan. The International Inspiration programme has already developed a substantial London 2012 Olympics legacy and is on target to r each 12 million young people in 20 countries by 2012.