OC is not going to crash by BCCIs denial: Kalmadi

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Suresh Kalmadi
New Delhi, Aug 1: CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi brushed aside BCCIs refusal of a 100 crore donation towards hosting of the Games, saying the OC would not crash following Cricket Boards snub.

Kalmadi said he thought the BCCI would be interested in supporting Olympic sports since cricket was a prime sport in the country.

"Cricket is prime sport in the country. I thought BCCI would want to support Olympic sport and so I wrote a letter to them. It was one of 100 letters written to different bodies and agencies," he said.

He also adds that the refusal by the BCCI to lend money would not have major impact and OC is not going to crash by BCCIs refusal," later he added.

"Our sources of income are from sponsorship, TV rights sale, merchandise, ticketing and some donation. We are getting USD 50 million from TV rights, exceeding the targeted USD 30 million," he explained.

"We have to pay back all the money we borrowed. We have taken Rs 900 crore so far from the government and we have now collected Rs 700 crore and more are coming in the next two months," he said.

On Saturday, Jul 31, the Working Committee of the BCCI had turned down the Indian Olympic Association's request of giving Rs 100 crore aid for the Commonwealth Games.

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