New Delhi: Already caught in corruption
scandals, the Commonwealth Games faced another controversy
with reports on Wednesday claiming that original bid documents of the
Delhi event were allegedly tampered with to help Suresh
Kalmadi become chairman of the Organising Committee (OC).
A news channel report while raising questions over the
legitimacy of the OC headed by Kalmadi, who is the Indian
Olympic Association (IOA) President, claimed that the original
bid documents submitted to 72 Commonwealth countries in 2003
were allegedly tampered with.
The report said that in the original bid cleared by the
Vajpayee government in 2003, the Chairman of the CWG OC was to
have been nominated by the government, while the IOA
president`s position was to be that of Vice Chairman.
However, in the updated bid copy, terms like `government
nominee` and `IOA President` were removed, thus enabling
Kalmadi to become the OC Chairman when the Committee
was finally set up on February 10, 2005, the report claimed.
The channel said officials concerned were unwilling to
throw light on the issues raised in connection with the bid