Does Kalmadi presence make Maken shy from attending National Games?

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New Delhi, Feb 26 (ANI): Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken on Saturday backed out from attending the closing ceremony of the 34th National Games in Ranchi tomorrow.

In a statement, Maken said: "On account of my preoccupation with some pressing issues concerned with the current session of Parliament, I am unable to go to Ranchi for the National Games today."

Maken on Friday said that he was still undecided whether to attend the closing ceremony or not.

On being asked whether his reservations about attending the ceremony had anything to do with sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi's presence there, Maken had said, "There are 24 hours for me to decide on it."

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is also unlikely to attend the closing ceremony, he had skipped the opening ceremony as well. (ANI)

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