New Zealand were committed to competing at next month’s Delhi Commonwealth Games but would have no hesitation pulling out if any security concerns were raised, team management said on Monday.
“Anyone suggesting that we are going to put our athletes at risk is mischievous,” New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) president Mike Stanley told reporters in Auckland.
“Right now, New Zealand is planning to be in Delhi. If things change and the New Zealand Government can’t advise us that our athletes are secure in that environment, then we won’t go.”
Security issues at sporting events within the region have been hotly debated since an attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore, Pakistan last year, though Games organisers have promised a high level of security.
Seven New Zealand police officers would join a multinational contingent of more than 40 police from Canada, Australia, and Britain, who would also provide advice to team management and additional security for the October 3-14 Games, Stanley said.
“We believe this is the best way to securing our team,” he said. “We have a multinational approach which is well organised. We are confident it will provide our team with the advice it needs to make the most appropriate decisions.”
Stanley said the security assessment would be ongoing and there was no deadline for a final decision on participation.
“That could be right up until the start of the Games and it will be monitored (throughout),” he added. “It’s just one of those things we have to be vigilant about and we have to take it on a day-by-day basis.”
First meal served at Games Village’s kitchen
New Delhi: The Khel Gram Kitchen at the Commonwealth Games Village became operational today with the first meal being served during breakfast, the Organising Committee said.
Organising Committee vice chairman, Randhir Singh, venue administrator Lt Gen (Retd) Ashok Vasudevan and other key members joined the workforce for lunch at the Village.
Expressing happiness at the quality of food being served at the kitchen, Singh said, "Facilities available in the kitchen and the congenial atmosphere help the workforce enjoy their repast."
The state-of-the-art kitchen is presently functional in the Village’s residential zone.