The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee has clarified that beef will not be served during the Games scheduled to take place in New Delhi from October 3-14 this year.
The organising committee gave an emphatic "no" to a query by Right to Information (RTI) activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal, who wanted to know if beef would be served during the Games.
"Commonwealth Games Federation's requirement from the organising committee is to provide to a quality 24-hour catering service offering nutritious meals and snacks to the athletes and their team officials during Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010, taking into consideration, cultural and dietary requirements and the need for variety and rotation of menus. The organising committee is duty bound to carry this out," the committee replied.
The issue had first arisen some months ago when former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh wrote to the organising committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi asking him to keep beef off the menu.
The BJP-led Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) had warned and passed a resolution against serving beef. Recently, the Delhi government had clarified that beef will not be served during the Games.