Australian athletes, officials monitoring terror threats

Australia is monitoring terror threats and may pull out of CWG if the situation worsens.

Last Updated: Sep 11, 2010, 20:35 PM IST

Melbourne: Within two days of Australian High Commissioner to India assuring biggest ever contingent taking part in Delhi Commonwealth Games, top sports officials here said they are monitoring terror threats and may pull out if the situation worsens.

Australian Commonwealth Games Association chief Perry Crosswhite said the athletes could pull out if the risk to their safety worsens.

"My No 1 priority is the safety of our athletes. We would not be going there if there was any risk to our athletes and that changes every day," he said.

With less than a month before competition, many athletes still have safety concerns and fear an attack by terrorists.

Runner Tamsyn Lewis said she was preparing to go but might yet change her decision to go according to change in security threat level.

"As an athlete heading into the Games I`m definitely monitoring the situation. Your life is definitely more important," Lewis was quoted as saying by `Herald Sun`.

Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said the team was taking constant advice from the government.

"If they tell us we don`t go, we don`t go," he said.
Runner Tamsyn Lewis said she was preparing to go but might yet change her decision to go according to change in security threat level.

"As an athlete heading into the Games I`m definitely monitoring the situation. Your life is definitely more important," Lewis was quoted as saying by `Herald Sun`.

Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti said the team was taking constant advice from the government.

"If they tell us we don`t go, we don`t go," he said.
Last week, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade re-issued a terror alert alongside a new warning of a dengue fever outbreak in Delhi.

Australian High Commissioner to India Peter Verghese, however, had said two days ago that his country would be sending a large team of 650 for the October 3-14 mega-event.

PTI