Fmr Olympian Aslam terms CWG `meaningless`, calls for probe

The time when Commonwealth Games euphoria has surrounded whole India, former Olympian Aslam Sher Khan has termed the mega event as a "meaningless" relic of bygone colonial era.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 18:35 PM IST

Indore: The time when Commonwealth Games
euphoria has surrounded whole India, former Olympian Aslam
Sher Khan has termed the mega event as a "meaningless" relic
of bygone colonial era and called for a probe into alleged
scams related with the sporting extravaganza

"After October 14, when the Games end, a probe should be
initiated against those corrupt leaders and officials
associated with the Games.

"They should be tried in the court of law and details of
each and every paisa spent by them should be extracted," Khan,
a former hockey player, said.

Khan, who is also a former Congress MP, said there was
no point in hosting the Games as they were "meaningless".

"The Games are the symbol of British rule and success in
it is not even considered for qualifying in Olympics or other
international events," he said.

The Olympian felt that instead of syphoning crores for
organising the Games, the money should have been invested on
the development of sports and for the benefit of children.

He, however, congratulated the medal winners in the
on-going sporting extravaganza. "These players should be
complimented as they have come forward on their own and not
because of office bearers of the various sports federations,
who are making life difficult for emerging talent."

Such administrators have no right to take responsibility
of organising sport events and putting the nation under
financial strain, he added.

PTI