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More trouble for Mehta and IOA

New Delhi: The tainted secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) Rajiv Mehta, on Wednesday, pleaded innocence after arriving in the capital from Glasgow, but found himself in fresh trouble with the government asking the apex body to reveal the details of all officials who were sent to the Commonwealth Games.

Clearly upset by the developments during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, where two Indian officials were arrested on charges of drunken driving and sexual abuse, and were later released, the sports ministry asked the IOA to furnish details of all athletes and officials, who went to Glasgow.

The ministry said the IOA and all National Sports Federations (NSFs) should, by August 20, furnish all the “details of officials, who were sent to the CWG by IOA/NSFs, along details of their air fare, boarding and lodging, local transportation, daily allowance etc.”

Sources said the sports ministry directive could bring trouble for senior officials, including Mehta.

“No doubt, some of the delegates who went on behalf of NSFs had little to do with sports,” confirmed an IOA official.

“It would be hard to explain how a school principal from Nainital or a political leader from Haryana figured in the list of delegates. It happened with the full knowledge of the IOA secretary general.”

While one of these delegates represented the hockey federation, while another went for table tennis. Even one doctor from Uttarakhand was part of the Indian contingent.

Meanwhile, both the tainted officials, Mehta and Virender Singh Malik, said they were innocent. Malik said he did not even meet the person who brought charges of sexual assault against him.