Kalmadi calls for a JPC probe into CWG scam

Last Updated: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 08:48

New Delhi: Pained by reports of his alleged
involvement in Commonwealth Games-related scam, former
Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Sunday said he
would resign as Member of Parliament in case any proof of him
having taken even a single rupee surfaces.

"I can vouch that I have not gained financially even a
single rupee out of these games and if proved otherwise I am
prepared to step down as a Member of Parliament," Kalmadi said
in a statement.

"I am deeply pained and constrained at the malicious
campaign going against me regarding Commonwealth Games 2010.
The stories going around are far from actual facts," he said
in the statement.

Kalmadi, who was sacked as CWG OC head recently after
Ajay Maken took over as the Sports Minister, also demanded the
constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the
issues surrounding the Commonwealth Games if the government
agrees to form a JPC in the 2G Spectrum controversy.

"Were the government to agree to constitution of a JPC
into the 2G Spectrum issue it would only be fair a similar
process of Joint Parliamentary Committee should go into the
entire range of issues connected with preparations, executions
and conduct of the Commonwealth Games. I am confident that
this would enable the entire truth to emerge in the public
domain," said Kalmadi.

The IOA president, who is an MP from Pune, re-iterated
his oft-repeated claim that the OC budget was a very small
amount of the total fund sanctioned for the Commonwealth
Games.

"The OC budget for conducting the Games was just about 5
per cent of the total budget of CWG. In spite of this, I am
the only one who have been singled out and targeted for
investigations while the role of all other government agencies
including Delhi Government and various other Central
Government instrumental agencies connected with the decision
making process, who have been associated with 95 per cent of
the budget, have been completely overlooked," Kalmadi said.

"The sports fraternity -- from athletes to officials and
international media -- have lauded the success of the Games
and termed it the best ever CWG. Yet, my reputation has been
greatly harmed by the continuous allegations of wrong doing
with regular media bashing.

"It is a well known fact that even though the games were
awarded in 2003, the actual work towards the games started
somewhere in 2008, with the paucity of time on one side and
reputation of country on the other side, there were pressures
to complete and achieve target and deadline of 3 October 2010.

I am thankful to the Hon`ble Prime Minister for his whole
hearted support," said Kalmadi. Kalmadi said all the decisions related to the
Commonwealth Games were taken collectively and there were also
government nominees overseeing every process.

"I wish to reiterate that there was a well documented
system of decision making in the OC and the all the government
nominees in the Organising Committee and the Executive Board
were part of this decision making on all issues including
financials. It is rather strange that they have been totally
left out with no responsibility is being attached to them for
the decisions taken," he said.

Kalmadi admitted that there were mistakes made on the
organisational front of the Commonwealth Games but it was
understandable as India was hosting a multi-sporting event for
the first time after the 1982 Asian Games.

"My only endeavour was to deliver the best games so that
we could stake our claim for hosting the Olympics in India. I
do admit that there may have been certain mistakes committed
in the management as we have not hosted any big event like
this after the Asiad 1982 and we lacked the requisite
experience and knowhow. But attaching the corruption charge on
me is totally unfair.

"The Commonwealth Games 2010, were conducted in India
after 28 years. It was the largest international multi-sport
event to be staged in Delhi and India, and the world hailed
the Games as the best ever hosted since the inception of the
Commonwealth Games.

"I am extremely thankful to all my colleagues of all
Sports Federations and the State Olympic Associations who have
unanimously reposed their full faith and confidence in me in
the General Body Meeting of IOA held at Ranchi recently. I as
the president of IOA spearheaded the Olympic movement of India
along with my colleagues for number of years and the results
of which were amply visible in the medal tally of Indian
Athletes at the CWG 2010 and Guangzhou Asian Games 2010,"
Kalmadi said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 21, 2011 - 08:48

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