Kalmadi said both the tennis players had just returned from a prolonged practice session and did not have enough time to deck up in the official saree for march past, hence they turned out in casuals. "Murugan was in two minds whether to leave them out or allow them in casuals. They had just returned from practice and wanted to go. Personally, their practice was more important for me than attending the ceremony.
I'm happy they still wanted to go. Murugan was bit confused and he finally allowed them to attend the ceremony in casuals," Kalmadi told reporters here.
"We had kept saree for all women athletes and it just happened that they didn't have time to change.