"We have asked the IOA to furnish the details of the delegates and the expenses incurred by the them in Glasgow. Only after we get the list and other details can we think of any action," he said. "Complete details are called for of officials who were sent to CWG by IOA/NSFs along with the amount paid such as air fare, boarding and lodging, local transportation, daily allowance etc," he added.
The government guidelines have stumped the sports administrators as they will be uncomfortable in explaining how some of them got onto the gravy train to Glasgow. The IOA delegation comprised 14 officials and, according to one of them, they were provided accommodation at Games hotels and paid Rs. 1.75 lakh for passage, local transport and food.
The delegates were B.P Baishya, Brij Bhusan Singh, Nagendra Nath, Mukesh Kumar, Tarlochan Singh, Dushyant Chautala, Bhuvneshwar Kalita, Rakesh Gupta, Jaspal Kandhari, Adille Sumariwale, Onkar Singh, P.C. Chaturvedi, R.K. Singh and Kiran Elizabeth Jeremiah. The IOA had restricted the number of delegates to Glasgow from the national sports federations to one each, leaving many senior officials unhappy. But the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) had apparently got both its president Prabhat C. Chaturvedi, a retired IAS officer, and senior vice-president Chautala, son of former president Ajay Kumar Chautala and also a Member of Parliament. ,There are conflicting reports about Jeremiah's locus standi as a sports official. Her name reportedly came from Hockey India (HI). She is the principal of All Saint's College, Nainital. Curiously, IOA secretary general Rajeev Mehta also happens to be from Uttarakhand and president of the state hockey association.
HI secretary general Narinder Batra said HI proposed Jeremiah's name as she was closely connected with hockey in Uttarakhand as a promoter of the game. "We have named her as she is promoting the game in the state," Batra said.
Batra, however, lost his cool when asked if Mehta recommended her name and went on a tirade against media, vehemently supporting Mehta. "I guess a witchhunt is on against Mehta. He is a clean guy, yet the media dubbed him a drunkard. He is being vilified, heaped with all baseless allegations on him," he said.
The ministry went a step further by asking the IOA and the NSFs that they should also put on their website all information about international events their athletes are taking part in, both at home and overseas, lists of core probables and the basis of their selection, details of coaching camps organized, the venues, dates and list of athletes selected for the camps and the selection criteria well in advance. The ministry also wants the details about the athletes and the support staff sent to the event along with the amount paid to them towards air fare, board and lodging, local transportation, daily allowance etc.
All this information must be put on their websites within 15 days of the conclusion of the event. The ministry has also required the NSFs to put on their websites the performance criteria, which formed the basis of selection, actual performance in terms of timing, distance, etc. and the position obtained by each athlete/team.