New Zealand dismisses Aiyar's bribe allegations

Christchurch, July 28: New Zealand Olympic Committee has dismissed allegations by former Indian Sports Minister Mani Shankar Aiyar that it accepted USD 100,000 "bribe" from Delhi Commonwealth Games organisers, saying the money was sanctioned by CGF under normal practice.

Aiyar, currently a Rajya Sabha member, had claimed that New Zealand, Australia and Canada were given USD 100,000 each by Delhi Games organisers to win the hosting rights way back in 2003.

"I call this bribe, even though the law might or might not," he had said yesterday while making a scathing attack on Games organisers for spending huge amount of money.

NZOC rejected Aiyar's allegations as misinformed and said it was normal practice to receive money from host cities and every Commonwealth country can get it through application.

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