Jittery about their security in India, the Australian delegation for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi will be accompanied by the country’s Federal Police.
“Travelling there (in India) is something you are always going to have to be very careful doing. We need to talk through how we are going to bring people in and how we’re going to bring athletes out,” Australian Commonwealth Games Association chief Perry Crosswhite was quoted as saying in media reports here.
“This will be the first time if they are going into the (Games) village with us. They’ll have a couple of people attached to the team, not guarding the team but basically helping with briefings on security, with advice on where athletes should go, what they should wear, that sort of thing,” he said.
The delegation, expected to be the biggest ever to participate in Games outside the country, has been “given the go-ahead to compete at this year’s event,” he added.
Few government officials met the Federal Police in Canberra to discuss the security set-up at the Games.
Crosswhite said ACGA is largely satisfied with the arrangements being put in place.
“At this stage the information that people have is that security is at an acceptable level and the organising committee are working hard on it. Certainly at this stage we’re going to compete in the games,” he said.