SA asks for National Intelligence Agency`s assistance

The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has asked for the assistance of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to ensure the safety of its squad during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 17:33 PM IST

Johannesburg: The South African Sports
Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) has asked for the
assistance of National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to ensure the
safety of its squad during the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

The chef de mission of the South African team, Patience
Shikwambana, told the Afrikaans daily Beeld that Sascoc is
waiting for a report from NIA.

"We are waiting for a report from NIA, in which it will
make certain recommendations. Our team will also be
accompanied to India by four security officials who have been
appointed by the NIA," she said.

Shikwambana said the South African team would depart for
India on Sunday amid concerns that their living quarters would
not be ready on time following the reports that only 18 out of
34 apartment blocks for participants have been completed till
now.

Shikwambana, after visiting the proposed residential
quarters for the South Africans a fortnight ago, had said, "It
is definitely not safe for athletes at the moment. There are
electric cables hanging and the water pressure on the first
two floors is also a big problem.

"As the construction work is still continuing, anything
could happen."

Shikwambana also said she would ask the organisers to
move the South African team to other quarters if the
facilities were not ready by the time they arrive on Monday.

"Fortunately, we are not taking a large team as we
usually do, so, we can all stay in one apartment block."

PTI