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Dec 02, 2008 at 08:03pm IST

Security concerns high on Commonwealth games

New Delhi: With quite a few countries issuing advisories against visiting India for the moment; all of a sudden there are some question marks over the biggest sporting extravaganza in India ever the organisers of the commonwealth games know that in these times of turmoil; mere assurances won't do.

"The home ministry has done a fantastic job, as you saw it in the Beijing Olympic Games, and they are looking into various committees on security which are held by home ministry itself," says chief of Indian Olympic Association, Randhir Singh.

The commonwealth games federation has already said that it is continuing to assess the situation in India after a spate of blasts all over the country. But this isn't just a problem for sporting events in India. London too is working round the clock to ensure a safe Olympics in 2012.

“It’s sad that a country which is known for peace and friendship and brotherhood, a sport gets involved and gets targeted for this," Lord Sebastian Coe from London Olympic committee.

Athens spent a whopping $ 1.5 bn on anti terrorism measures for the 2004 Olympic games. The figures for Beijing are not known yet but China's security was top notch. These measures come at a cost but after the attack on Israeli athletes in Munich in 1972; it’s an expense that has never been questioned.

"It is an unpleasent world that we are living in, but our security plans are underway and we would deliver secure games," adds Randhir Singh.

Even as construction goes on at commonwealth games village, securing it is more important than just meeting the construction deadlines. The athletes village is the most visible symbol of any games and also the most obvious target. Beijing ahs shown the way and it is now for the Indian security officials to go one better.

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