Grappling with allegations of corruption, the Commonwealth Games suffered another blow on Saturday with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) refusing to give a Rs 100 crore donation sought by the Organising Committee.
After a meeting of its Working Committee, the BCCI said it would not be able to extend financial help to the October 3 to 14 event, the build-up to which has been marred by construction delays and now allegations of money laundering.
“The Committee expressed its inability to agree to the request of the Commonwealth Games to be the lead partner by donating Rs 100 crores,” BCCI Secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement.
Besides this, the Board also agreed to support New Zealand Cricket chairman Alan Isaac’s candidature for the ICC vice-president’s post.
Isaac was picked after former Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s candidacy was rejected by the Afro-Asian bloc.
“The Committee approved the candidature of Mr. Alan Isaac, Chairman, New Zealand Cricket, for the post of ICC vice-president,” the Board statement said.
Among other issues, the BCCI said the stand-off over the contentious whereabouts clause of the World Anti-Doping Agency has been resolved.
The Indian Board has roped in hockey legend Vece Paes as an anti-doping Officer.
“The Committee noted the satisfactory resolution to the WADA anti-doping issue, with the ICC. The Committee approved the proposal to seek the services of Dr. Vece Paes, former Olympian, as anti-doping officer. The modalities are being worked out,” the BCCI said.