The inscrutable Kalmadi

Suresh Kalmadi was recently fired from the Organising Committee of CWG Delhi. Yes, the CWG that was completed over three months back! The press has been consistent – Kalmadi was probably India’s villain-in-chief for 2010. 

Here is Kalmadi’s response after being fired – 

I am shocked to receive Order dated 24th January 2011, illegally and arbitrarily removing me from the position of Chairman of the Executive Board and the Organizing Committee of the Commonwealth Games

Without prejudice to my rights and contention and in furtherance of my letter wherein it has been stated that the order is illegal and without any jurisdiction, I am handing the charge under protest

I have a long and distinguished career in public service and sports administration. I served the Indian Air force for 10 years, including during the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pak wars as an Air Force Pilot. I have been a Member of Parliament since 1982, and am currently serving as a Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha representing my constituency, Pune. I also served as a Minister of State for Railways.

I have also organised various National Games and been dedicated to the development of sports in India. Having spent several decades in public life, I would not be unjustified in expecting at least the courtesy of being heard and a decision being taken in accordance with the principles of natural justice. I would like to say that if I was asked by the Sports Ministry, I would have consulted my colleagues and resigned voluntarily

I am proud that we not only conducted and hosted a successful event, but India also delivered a stellar performance and won a record number of medals in the Commonwealth Games

We worked hard to bring the CWG to India for the first time ever. The OC, under my chairmanship has worked tirelessly for over 5 years to deliver successful Games that India can be proud of. Despite the adverse publicity we ensured the participation of all 71 countries

I am anguished that instead of being commended for my efforts at putting up such a spectacular show, the OC is being unfairly singled out and that I have been served with a decision of this nature

What A Martyr! For all you Kalmadi fanboys, here is his personal website, singing eulogies to the great man, including this gem

As IOA President, got the country the 1st ever gold medal in individual event at the Beijing Olympic 2008.


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