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BCCI refuses grant for the Games

The BCCI 's Working Committee formally rejected the request for financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 100 crore for the Commonwealth Games.

cricket Updated: Aug 01, 2010 01:06 IST
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The BCCI 's Working Committee formally rejected the request for financial assistance to the tune of Rs. 100 crore for the Commonwealth Games.

In 2007, the Board’s constitution was amended to enable them "to assist financially or otherwise and to promote, encourage, advance and develop and generally assist the game of cricket or any other sport."

The Board has already contributed Rs. 50 crore to the National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). However, when tax authorities have suggested that the Board should have taken permission from the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBTD) in advance. With the matter being before a tribunal, the Board didn’t want to commit Rs 100 crore to the Games.

Kalmadi's repeated attacks on the Board, which he has called "very commercial,” did not help. The negative publicity surrounding the Games, and the lack of clarity on how the money would be spent, were also factors in reaching the decision, a Board source revealed.