Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CGF strongly dismisses allegations of impropriety

Nothing to hide, asserts CGF

New Delhi, Aug 23 (UNI) The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) today rubbished allegations of impropriety in relation to the appointment of consultants for the 2010 Delhi Games.
In a strongly worded statement CGF said that its officers act with the utmost integrity, objectivity and accountability in everything they do.
The CGF has a zero tolerance approach to corrupt practices or improper conduct of any kind. The recent allegations are not only unfounded and damaging to the Federation and the individuals against whom they have been directed, but also, unfortunately, to the reputation of the Games themselves.
The allegations of impropriety centre around the award of contracts to consultants. Recent coverage has focused on the contracts with Sports Marketing and Management (SMAM), Fast Track and Event Knowledge Services (EKS) to provide marketing, sponsorship, broadcasting and technical services to the Organising Committee (OC).
''The CGF emphatically denies any wrongdoing by the Federation or its officers in connection with the award of these contracts,'' the statement added.
''The CGF stands by the recommendations that it has made. It is for the OC to appoint consultants, and to ensure that the selection follows proper process and is in accordance with Indian law.
''The CGF has nothing to hide, and would fully support a formal investigation into the appointments in question by the appropriate Indian authorities.
The statement asserted that the CGF and its officers reserve their rights to take such further action as they consider appropriate in relation to the misleading and unfounded allegations.
For now, however, the Federation remains focused on, and committed to, working with all parties, in an open and transparent way, to make the Games a success, and urges all others to do the same.

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