Security is a major area of concern, says Aussie foreign minister
Australia on Wednesday said it had apprehensions over security arrangements for the 2010 Commonwealth Games but maintained that India has assured all precautions will be taken.india Updated: Oct 14, 2009 23:11 IST
Australia on Wednesday said it had apprehensions over security arrangements for the 2010 Commonwealth Games but maintained that India has assured all precautions will be taken.
“We share the concerns on security arrangements. We have to be very cautious about extremists activities. We don't want any innocent athlete to face any problem,” Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith said after visiting Major Dhyan Chand and Talkatora stadiums.
He met his Indian counterpart S M Krishna on Tuesday and discussed the security arrangements for the Games. Krishna briefed him about the arrangements and assured him foolproof arrangements.
"My observation is that things are on track. Some commentaries say that preparation is behind schedule. But these comments are always made in the run up to any Commonwealth Games and any Olympics Games," he told reporters.
Games volunteers felicitated
Volunteers of the recently concluded Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) General Assembly were felicitated on Wednesday at a function held at the Headquarters of the Organising Committee (OC).
Suresh Kalmadi, OC Chairman, praised the volunteers for their hard work and efficiency. All the volunteers were awarded a memento.
Delegates of the CGF General Assembly, including CGF president Michael Fennell, had appreciated the Volunteer Programme.