Kalmadi issue not to derail National Games in any way : Mattoo

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Jamshedpur, Jan 25 (PTI) The 34th National Games, tobe held in Jharkhand from February 12-26, will be held on timeand unaffected by removal of Indian Olympic Association (IOA)President Suresh Kalmadi from the Chairman of CommonwealthGames Organising Committee, co-Chairman of National GamesSteering Committee of IOA A K Mattoo said today.

Mattoo, who visited the steel city here to assess thepreparation work for the national games here, said Kalmadi''sremoval as Chairman of CWG organising committee will in no wayaffect the smooth conduct of the game.

Asked whether there was any possibility of nationalgames being deferred for about a week in view of the February10 by-poll in Kharswan, where Jharkhand Chief Minister ArjunMunda was seeking election to the state assembly, Mattoo saidthere was no such possibility as yet.

Expressing satisfaction over the preparation inJamshedpur, one of the venues of the national games, Mattoosaid the steel city was all geared up to host the nationalgames events.

However, there were minor issues like purchase of fewsports equipment for disciplines like archery but this wasexpected to be accomplished shortly, he said.

The venue assessment report would be submitted to theIOA, he said.

About the possibility of any news of graft derailingthe preparations for the games, he said there was competentagency to look into such issues but one should remember thatall corruption charges before the Delhi Commonwealth Games didnot affect the CWG which was conducted spectacularly with 71nations taking part.

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