Ashwini Nachappa, president Clean Sports India, expressed her dismay and disappointment at reports stating that Suresh Kalmadi, former president of both IOA and Athletics Federation of India (AFI), chaired the Asian Athletics Association on Saturday.
“This clearly shows that Kalmadi and Lalit Bhanot continue to run the affairs of the Athletics Federation of India and that both Adille Sumariwala and C.K. Valson, president and secretary general of the AFI have no role to play in the running of the Federation,” said Ashwini.
“It is very clear they (Kalmadi and Bhanot) controlled Indian athletics in particular and sports in general, from within the four walls of the jail, which is evident from the annual General Body Meeting of AFI held on 17.06.2011.
“In that meeting, support was expressed for Lalit Bhanot, which gave the legitimacy to him to run Indian athletics from jail. Now that they are on bail, they are more open about their intention to continue to run Indian sports,” added Ashwini.
Meanwhile Reeth Abraham, Joint Convener of CSI, also condemned the development and said: “It is surprising that despite detailed letters from Clean Sports India to IAAF and AAA dated 9th July 2011 highlighting the fact that Lalit Bhanot and Suresh Kalmadi who controlled Indian athletics for last three decades, are in jail facing trial for serious corruption charges in organising the Commonwealth Games 2011, the AAA Secretary General Maurice Nicholas claimed that ‘I do not know any thing about CWG scam.’
“The IOC’s Ethic commission recommendations of suspending the three tainted officials ( Kalmadi, Bhanot and Verma) was also communicated to IAAF and AAA, it is surprising that the AAA secretary, Mr. Nicholas was quoted in a report saying he is unaware of the CWG scam.”