New Delhi: Commonwealth Games Federation
President Michael Fennell on Thursday downplayed Dawn Fraser`s fears
of a Munich-like terror attack during the CWG here, saying the
Australian swimming legend was not sufficiently informed to
make such a statement.
"It has been dealt with by the Australian Commonwealth
Games Association. We should respect freedom of speech but I
think she is not sufficiently informed to make such a
statement," Fennell said at a press conference after ending
his two-day inspection of venues of the controversy-marred
Fraser today called on athletes to boycott the
Commonwealth Games fearing a Munich Olympics like terror
attack during the Delhi mega event.
"The Indians are telling us that security will be right.
But they`ve also been telling us for months that their
stadiums are ready to go too and quite obviously they`re not,"
Fraser, winner of eight Olympic medals, said.
"I would hate to see another Munich but, with things
getting worse and worse, I have grave concerns. I know the
Australian Commonwealth Games Association is doing everything
it can with security, but what`s at the other end of the
tunnel?" she asked.
Australian Commonwealth Games Association was prompt to
reject her apprehensions and said that the Indian capital
would be safe and secure.
"I don`t think Dawn`s been to Delhi recently and I don`t
think she has the information we have, if she did I don`t
think she would have made the comments she did," ACGA Chief
Executive Perry Crosswhite said.
"We believe at this stage, it will be safe and it will be
secure. My personal view is that the Commonwealth Games is not
going to be a target, because most of the nations in the
Commonwealth are developing nations, we have all religions and
we have all political systems," he added.
During the 1972 Munich Olympics, 11 Israeli athletes,
coaches and officials were taken hostage and killed by