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IOA to send Sharan and Sacheti at their own cost

New Delhi: The Indian Olympic Association has decided to send Chef de Mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and his deputy Rajkumar Sacheti at the Asian Games on its own expense after the Sports Ministry questioned the latter's presence in the contingent.

The IOA had named Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Sharan as the CDM with his four deputies being Sacheti, Col Satyavrat Sheoran, Balbir Singh Kushwaha and Dev Kumar Singh.

It is learnt that the Sports Ministry had expressed its unhappiness at Boxing Federation of India (BFI) Executive Director Sacheti's inclusion as one of the four deputy Chefs de Mission as the Chief Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) had recommended registration of a disproportionate assets case against him in 2013 in the wake of the 2010 CWG corruption scandal.

Sacheti worked as Joint Director-General in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee and was one of the aides of former IOA President and head of 2010 CWG OC Suresh Kalmadi who was jailed and then released on bail.

The IOA, however, refused to budge from its decision and said that it will send the Chef de Mission and his four deputies, besides another seven office staff, on its own cost. It has submitted to the Sports Ministry a list of 202 officials from various federations, whose athletes are taking part in the Asian Games for clearance.

"We have submitted a list of

202 officials from various federation to the sports ministry for clearance."

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