Decision on Kalmadi’s Olympics tour reserved for tomorrow

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has reserved its order on a plea to hold back former CWG organizing committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi from going to London to attend the 2012 London Olympics for Wednesday.

The order on the interim has been reserved for tomorrow by a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri after hearing two-hour-long argument on lawyer Rahul Mehra's plea against Kalmadi's proposed visit to the Games.

"I'm not going to attend meetings in London on behalf of either the Government of India or any Indian sports body. I'm not carrying the badge of Indian representative in the Olympics," Kalmadi's counsel Mukul Rohatgi told the bench

"What heavens will fall if some friend of mine gives me a ticket or I myself purchase a ticket and go there to watch a sporting event...? This application is motivated and directed against me," Rohatgi added.

Rohatgi further added that Kalmadi being the president of Asian Athletes Association (AAA) and have been invited by International Association of Athletes Federation (IAAF), a foreign body which is not before this court and said that his client Kalmadi's fundamental right to travel cannot be truncated when he is assuring the court that he is going there on behalf of AAA.

Rohatgi assured the court that Kalmadi will not be present at any sporting event even as an invitee of IAAF, but he cannot be denied from travelling and watching a game in his individual capacity.

By Indian Sports News Network