Security remains high on Delhi agenda

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India's Ministry of Home Affairs has reiterated that the country's security agencies are fully prepared to ensure a safe and secure 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Security has also proved to be a hot topic for Commonwealth Games officials in the lead–up to the Games. Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) president Mike Fennell in August revealed athletes are demanding assurances over safety concerns ahead of the event, while further question marks were raised after a number of competitors chose to leave the World Badminton Championships in the south Indian city of Hyderabad citing security fears. Also fresh in the mind is the 2008 New Delhi bombings and, in a sporting context, Sri Lanka's cricket team being attacked in neighbouring Pakistan. Cricket's DLF Indian Premier League (IPL) also chose to take its annual extravaganza to South Africa earlier this year, although that decision was put down to security concerns arising from the country's elections which were running at the same time. Addressing delegates at the International Security Liaison Conference, Minister of State for Home Affairs Ajay Maken said the government is committed to making the Games a success and that the Ministry of Home Affairs had established several inter–ministerial committees to ensure co–ordination and communication. Welcoming delegates from 71 countries, Delhi 2010 organising committee (OC) chairman Suresh Kalmadi said: "We have accorded top priority to providing a safe and secure environment for the athletes, officials, volunteers and spectators. The formation of the International Security Liaison Group by the Government is a major step towards ensuring co–ordination and communications among the security personnel of the nations and territories of the Commonwealth Games family. We have been working on the security aspects from as early as November 2005 when the first workshop on security was held. " In the region of 90, 000 security personnel and 2, 000 CCTV cameras are set to be utilised to protect venues and participants during the games, while the Indian Air Force will be called in for aerial surveillance over the National Capital Region. In other news, Delhi 2010 has reached a partnership with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), in a bid to use the Commonwealth Games to foster deeper economic and trade relationships amongst the Commonwealth fraternity. To this end, the OC and FICCI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable the OC–led Commonwealth Business Club India (CBCI) to achieve these objectives. Kalmadi added: "It has been our endeavour to create a networking environment for business leaders of the Commonwealth and the partnership with FICCI will go a long way in ensuring that our objectives are met. We are confident that the CBCI will help India showcase our nation as a destination for business investments. The partnership with FICCI, given its wide base and international presence, will go a long way in ensuring that CBCI will become a major catalyst in projecting India's image and attracting sports collaborations. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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