Australia's Delhi-bound Commonwealth Games contingent has been warned that there is an 80 per cent risk of terror attacks in the Indian capital but the country remained committed to participating in the event.
A new security risk assessment report prepared by private counter-terrorism and security consultants Homeland Security Asia-Pacific has warned that the 550 Aussie athletes and officials are putting their safety at risk by travelling to Delhi later this week for the October 3 to 14 event.
"...an analysis of the risks found the Federal Government and sports administrators had played down the threat," the 'Sunday Herald Sun' reported.
Listing the security risks, the report said that the "screening machines at major Delhi hotels were often switched off or faulty and public transport infrastructure was vulnerable to attack because of the large numbers of travellers and little security surveillance."
In the meanwhile, Australia’s Sports Minister, Mark Arbib, advised Aussies to exercise “extreme caution” during the Games. According to Sydney Morning Herald, Arbib would not comment on reports that had put the chance of a terrorist attack at 80 per cent. He also said travellers should consult the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
“We continue to receive reports of possible terrorist attacks in New Delhi, Mumbai and other cities,” said Arbib.
Explaining further, the minister said, “The govt continues to monitor the security environment in India closely, but ultimately the Indian government is responsible for security arrangements in India, including the Games.''
Jamaica names second string squad for CWG
Kingston: Athletics powerhouse Jamaica has named an understrength 46-member squad sans some of the biggest stars in the world, including top sprinters, for the Games.
Apart from double world record holder sprinter Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, world and Olympic champions Shelly-Ann Fraser (100m) and Melaine Walker (400m Hurdles), whose absence are already known, Jamaica has named second string sprinters for the upcoming event.
In the men's 100m race, Lerone Clarke and Oshane Baily, who both have more than 10 seconds timing this season, are leading the challenge.
There is no Yohan Blake, no Nesta Carter — the leading Jamaican this season (9.78s) — and even Michael Frater, who all are sub 10 sec runners this year.
In men's 200m also, in the absence of Bolt, Powell and Blake who all are sub 20 sec runners, the responsibility of leading the Jamaicans has fallen to Lansford Spence, who has a season's best of 20.63sec.
In women's 100m, Jamaica has named mostly unknown names without season's world leader Veronica Campbell Brown, Shelly-Ann Fraser, Kerron Stewart and Sheri-Ann Brooks. There is no Melbourne Games gold medallist Sherone Simpson either in the 200m race, who clocked 22.65sec July in Paris.