No country expressed security fear after firing: Kalmadi

No country has expressed security fear and informed the organisers about pulling out of next month`s Commonwealth Games after Sunday`s firing incident that injured two foreign nationals.

Last Updated: Sep 20, 2010, 19:14 PM IST

New Delhi: No country has expressed security
fear and informed the organisers about pulling out of next
month`s Commonwealth Games after Sunday`s firing incident that
injured two foreign nationals here, Organising Committee
Chairman Suresh Kalmadi said on Monday.

Addressing the media after inaugurating the Main Press
Center of the Games, along with Information and Broadcasting
Minister Ambika Soni, Kalmadi assured the Commonwealth
countries that India will ensure safety of all the athletes
and officials.

"I have not got a single call from any Commonwealth
country expressing apprehensions about security (of the
athletes after yesterday`s firing). This (firing) was not a
Games related incident. It happened in Jama Masjid and the
police are looking into it. It`s not a major incident," he
said.

"As of today all the 71 Commonwealth countries are coming
for the Games," he added.

Asked about United Kingdom and Australia issuing advisory
about high security risk during the CWG, Kalmadi said their
respective Commonwealth Games associations have committed to
participating in the multi-sporting event.

"Many countries have issued travel advisories earlier
also. Australia had earlier issued an advisory but its
Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite said its athletes
are coming. So what is important is that the Commonwealth
Games bodies of the respective countries have committed to
participation in the Games," he said.

He said the government has put in place a tight security
arrangement for the Games and it has deployed personnel from
the elite commando force of the country to ensure safety of
the athletes.

"We have taken all steps to ensure the safety of the
athletes. The athletes would be escorted by security personnel
right from the airport to the team hotel to the competition
venues," he said.

"Home Ministry and Delhi Police have been taking care of
the security arrangements. Special commando units of the
National Security Guards (NSG) are also being deployed. There
will also be an International Security Liaison office in one
of the city hotels," he added.

The OC chairman said security commanders of Commonwealth
countries and chefs-de-mission of all the 71 nations were
happy with the security arrangements.

PTI