Wellington: New Zealand would not hesitate
to withdraw from the Delhi Commonwealth Games if the country
finds the security arrangements inadequate during its final
assessment of the event`s preparations in the next few days,
according to reports here.
According to a newspaper report, quoting New
Zealand Olympic Committee president Mike Stanley, the Kiwis`
"security and operational systems for the Games will be
confirmed in Delhi over the next 10 days and they won`t back
down from making tough decisions in either area if necessary."
New Zealand`s chef de mission Dave Currie will leave for
Delhi tomorrow for a "final pre-Games assessment".
Stanley today said that security for athletes was their
"number one priority."
"It`s a multi-national approach, it`s well organised and
we are very confident in them," Stanley said.
Currie said there would be a specific number of Kiwi
policemen in Delhi during the Games.
"We don`t believe any more police would mean the New
Zealand team are any more secure," Currie said. "We either
have faith in the security or we haven`t".
"We have now got 10 days to see if the fantastic plan can
be operationalised," said Currie.
Currie said if New Zealand`s headquarter in the Games
Village wasn`t up to the mark "we won`t go in and that would
send a powerful message".
"We are going to be challenged in ways we haven`t been
before. But I am an optimist and this is an opportunity to
have an exciting Games," Currie said.
The October 3 to 14 Games have had a troubled build-up
with delay in construction work at the venues and allegations
of corruption hampering the progress of work.