CWG: Onus on Kalmadi, says Congress
Congress party distanced itself from CWG mess by putting the onus on Suresh Kalmadi.
New Delhi: Beleaguered Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi was in graver trouble on Thursday after the Congress party distanced itself from the mess by putting the onus on the IOA chief to clear his name.
Brushing off any responsibility over the corruption in the Commonwealth Games, the Congress party said, “Kalmadi is not a representative of Congress on CWG panel. The OC must respond to CAG report,” adding that it has ‘nothing to do with the politics of sports’.
The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its interim inspection report had found some discrepancies in choosing consultants for global broadcasting rights and sponsorship deal for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.
The report found that the games Organising Committee of which Suresh Kalmadi is the chairman had awarded the sponsorship deal to Melbourne-based Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM) at a very cheap price, official sources said.
The sources said there was also a mention of Maxxam International in the interim report which raised questions on the procedures adopted for the Queen`s Baton Relay, held in London last year.
This deal for organising the event went to Maxxam which reportedly had emerged as the highest bidder.
Already, Klamadi is in a very tight spot with the opposition having raised the CWG issue in the Parliament. His aide TS Darbari has been sacked and reports are rife that Kalmadi himself was in the loop of the controversial AM Films deal during the QBR ceremony last year.