Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken yesterday reiterated that sacked Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi, who is facing graft charges, should not attend the London Olympics and urged the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to raise the issue with the international athletics body (IAAF) and International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Maken asserted Kalmadi must not go to London unless he was cleared of the corruption charges against him. “I have asked the IOA to speak to the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) and IOC and explain to them the fact Kalmadi is facing serious corruption charges. He will not be part of any official delegation from India whether it is the IOA or the sports ministry,” Maken told reporters here a day after Kalmadi said that he had every right to go to the Olympics as he was not proved guilty of the charges in connection with the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
On Saturday, Kalmadi had lashed out at Maken for objecting to his trip. He went on to the extent of saying that PM Manmohan Singh should ask for Maken’s resignation following his comments against him.