Australia happy with India sports security
Australia on Tuesday said it was satisfied with Indian security
arrangements for the ongoing World Cup hockey tournament and the
Commonwealth Games scheduled to be held in New Delhi in October.
Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith kicked off his three-day
trip to India with an inspection of the main stadium for the October
3-14 Commonwealth event which has been dogged by concern over possible
"Australia is very pleased with the cooperation and coordination
about security in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games," the foreign
minister told reporters.
"Of course, we have been very pleased with security arrangements both
for the hockey World Cup and also recently for the Commonwealth
Federation shooting competition," Smith added.
Host India has deployed thousands of security personnel for the
12-nation two-week hockey tournament which began Sunday in New Delhi.
Concern was fuelled by a bomb blast last month in the western city of
Pune that killed 15 people and an alleged warning by an Islamist group
to athletes competing in India.
Smith said he would meet his Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna and
other officials to get up-to-date information on security for the
Commonwealth Games, India's biggest multi-sports event since 1982.
Last month, the Hong Kong-based Asia Times Online news website said
it had received a warning from Al-Qaeda-linked militant Ilyas Kashmiri
about attacking sports events in India.
The Pakistan-based extremist reportedly warned competitors against
going to the hockey World Cup, the Indian Premier League cricket
tournament in March and the October Games. NEW DELHI, AFP