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NDTV Correspondent, Updated: August 02, 2011 15:02 IST.
New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi may not be in parliament on account of being in jail, but he was very much the central player in Parliament today. Sports Minister Ajay Maken attempted to explain in the Lok Sabha just how Mr Kalmadi ended up as the man in charge of organizing the Commonwealth Games in Delhi in September 2010.
Here is his complete statement:
I wish to make a statement on the Commonwealth Games (CWG), 2010. The XIX Commonwealth Games had been organized successfully in Delhi. India, with its rich haul of medals, has emerged as a significant sporting nation in the world. Indian Athletes registered outstanding medal winning performance, even in sports such as Gymnastics, Athletics, Swimming, etc. Women athletes also recorded excellent performances.
The Bid Document for the Commonwealth Games was submitted on 14th May, 2003. Shri Vikram Verma, the then Minister for Youth Affairs and Sports, wrote to the Chairman, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) on 24th May, 2003 and conveyed support to the bid in the city of Delhi. The letter stated that
"Government of India, therefore, undertakes to support the bid of the city of Delhi to host the Games, guarantee free entry to India of all accredited athletes and delegates of the participating countries and further guarantee that the Games will be organized in accordance with the Constitution, Protocols and Regulations of the Commonwealth Games Federation".
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