PtG Article 03.08.2010

Commonwealth Games organisers in trouble as scandal widens

The trouble keeps on brewing for the Organising Committee of the New Delhi Commonwealth Games as it is urged to fire two senior officials amid a developing corruption scandal just two months before the opening of the Games.

In a letter to OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Sports Secretary Sindhushree Khullar asked Kalmadi to take action after the names of two high-ranking organising committee members figured in the investigations into "alleged irregularities". "Matters such as the UK payments and alleged customs inquiry against Darbari raise questions of probity and integrity," Khullar wrote in the letter on Sunday. “I would strongly advise you that the two officers should be immediately relieved of all their duties." The organisers have been under pressure for more than a year since it became apparent that delays in construction meant none of the games venues would be finished before deadline.

SOURCE: Times Live