'Satisfied' with the CWG security for now: Crosswhite
Satisfied with security for the Delhi Commonwealth Games as of now but jittery nonetheless, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association today said it continues to keep a "watching brief" on how things unfold in the run-up to the October 3-14 event.india Updated: Aug 13, 2010 15:35 IST
Satisfied with security for the Delhi Commonwealth Games as of now but jittery nonetheless, the Australian Commonwealth Games Association on Friday said it continues to keep a "watching brief" on how things unfold in the run-up to the October 3-14 event.
"We sent out the latest security circulars (to athletes) last Friday and our main emphasis is to secure the airport, the venues, the village, the transport route and the hotels our people are staying at. At this stage we are satisfied, but it's a watching brief," said ACGA chief executive Perry Crosswhite.
"India will be providing both armed guards and undercover guards on buses. We are allowed to have our own security as long as we accredit them," Crosswhite told the 'Herald Sun'.
Crosswhite said the it was a good sign that no Australian athlete has withdrawn from the event due to security concerns so far.
"The two issues we need to keep our eyes on are security and safety. No one has pulled out (because of concerns) and that's a credit to the coaches and federations and ourselves," he said.
The Australian, however, was concerned with the media reports of shoddy work at the Games venues but hoped that the problems would be taken care of before the show-piece
"One report said roads had been built with substandard materials. That can be fixed before the Games. There was a report a diver had fallen over a drain at the pool, but they just hadn't put the lid on the drain yet," he said.
"On the weekend there were photos of venues (looking dilapidated) but I have seen the photos inside those venues, and they look really good. The inside is what is important. We want to be assured the venues are of a safe standard.