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Maken to skip National Games closing today


Pallavi Ghosh,CNN-IBN
Feb 26, 2011 at 11:44am IST

New Delhi: Suresh Kalmadi's isolation is complete. After his interview to CNN-IBN, sports minister Ajay Maken also dropped out of the national games finale on Saturday.

Since Friday, there were doubts about Maken's travel to Ranchi for the National Games closing ceremony on Friday apparently because he doesn't want to share the platform with sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, who will be present there in his capacity as president of the Indian Olympic Association.

Maken cleared the air this morning in a statement, saying, "On account of my preoccupation with some pressing issues concerned with the current session of Parliament, I am unable to go to Ranchi for the National Games today."

Maken on Friday said that he was still undecided whether to attend the closing ceremony or not.

On being persistently asked by reporters outside the Parliament on Friday said that whether his reservations about attending the ceremony had anything to do with Kalmadi's presence there, Maken said, "There are 24 hours for me to

decide on it."

Kalmadi is facing a CBI probe over alleged irregularities in the conduct of the Commonwealth Games.

Most of his aides, including Lalit Bhanot, VK Verma and TS Darbari, have been arrested and there has been talk for some time now that the CBI is slowly and steadily tightening the noose around Kalmadi's neck too.

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