(CWG) Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi on Friday ruled out his resignation in the face of allegations of corruption and said that the 2010 event would be the best ever.
Speaking to the media after unveiling the medals for CWG, Kalmadi said that all arrangements for the October event would be ready in time.
“There is no question of quitting. We are doing a great job. We will organise the best Games ever,” said Kalmadi, refusing to take moral responsibility for the corruption allegations that have overshadowed the Games.
He said he would quit after the Games only if Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Indian Olympic Association asked him to.
Kalmadi admitted that several stadia had problems. “Some of the venues are still to get ready. We and the Commonwealth Games Federation are looking into it. We hope the stadia will be in tip-top condition very soon,” he said.
Kalmadi sought to steer clear of the concerns raised in the CVC report. “The CVC report is on the construction (of stadia) and not on the Organising Committee,” he argued.
The Organising Committee chief sought the media’s help to make the Games a success. “The Games are a major responsibility and can’t happen without the media’s support,” he pleaded.
India, Kalmadi said, had bright prospects in the Games. “Last time, we got 50 medals and came fourth. This time, we are expecting 70 medals and hope to come at least third,” he said.
He informed that the prime minister had allocated Rs 700 crore for the training of players and the “results would show in the medals’ tally”.
Lalit Bhanot, secretary general of the Organising Committee, said 5,539 gold, 4,818 silver and 4,529 bronze medals had been ordered for the Games.