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Now, National Games under corruption cloud


Bhupendra Chaubey,CNN-IBN
Mar 21, 2011 at 09:29pm IST

New Delhi: First it was the Commonwealth Games, which created a huge furore about allegations of corruption. And now even the recently concluded National Games are under a cloud.

Excited athletes gave in their best during the recently concluded National Games in Jharkhand. While the country was glued to the fluctuation fortunes of team India at the cricket world cup, the athletes were almost performing the role of lone rangers.

But some documents, accessed by CNN-IBN, are now putting the entire oganisation of the National Games under the scanner.

A formal complaint has been filed before the Jharkhand High Court for alleged corruption in purchase of several key sporting equipments. The High court has now directed the state vigilance department to carry out investigations.

Two hundred dozens of Dunlop tennis balls were bought at a price of Rs 880 a dozen, while the market price is Rs 550 a dozen. Even in Wimbledon, the overall number of balls required is not in excess of 30 dozens.

The investigations are also under way to decide whether a squash court at Dhanbad, built at a price of Rs 1.6 crore, was in violation of guidelines.

While Rs 11 crore has been spent on erecting high mast light facilities in the Birsa Munda Astroturf Hockey stadium in Ranchi, 200 javelins have been purchased at a price of Rs 50 lakh.

Fox whistles bought at Rs 450 a piece, while similar whistles were available at much lower prices.

Even the purchases of football goalposts and hockey goalposts were now being scrutinised.

So the question is who ultimately is responsible for any of these violations? RK Anand, working chairman of the National Games Organising Committee and one of the individuals against whom the FIR has been filed, is claiming to be the whistleblower himself.

"The Games Organising Committee has nothing to do with this. All the demand for equipment was made by the IOA to the state government, it was the then chief minister Madhu Koda who gave the go ahead," said Anand.

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