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CGF responds to interim CAG report
Thursday, 12 August 2010
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) strongly refutes the suggestion made in the interim report of the office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India pertaining to the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which the CGF had not seen until today (August 12th, 2010), that Fast Track Sales Ltd was chosen as a consultant for the broadcasting rights of the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi based solely on the suggestions of three people – the CGF President, CEO and the Chairman of the Organising Committee for the Games.
It is a matter for the OC, not the CGF, to ensure that the selection of consultants chosen by the OC for the Delhi Commonwealth Games follows the proper process in accordance with Indian law.
Although the CGF supported the appointment of Fast Track, it strongly refutes any inference that it interfered in the selection process.
Having awarded the Games to Delhi and the OC, it is for the OC to decide who it wants to appoint for any outsourced roles. The CGF flatly denies the suggestion that Fast Track was appointed solely on the basis of any recommendations that it made.
The CGF does not deny, however, that it did recommend Fast Track to the OC. It is the role of the CGF to aid the successful organisation of a world class Games, and in carrying out this role, the CGF, appropriately, makes recommendations based on its knowledge and years of experience in overseeing previous Games.
The CGF stands by its recommendation relating to Fast Track, and would have no hesitation in recommending the company to others in the future.
Fast Track has an enviable record of success, and has received ringing endorsements from others for the outstanding work that it has done in the past, including from the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee, who confirmed its "outstandingly successful" relationship with Fast Track "surpassed our dreams" and "not only met, but exceeded, all of our targets".
The CGF notes the comments today of Dr. Lalit Bhanot, the Secretary General of the 2010 Organising Committee, similarly in support of Fast Track’s appointment, that “Fast Track has almost doubled the revenue we targeted”.