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Security A Concern For Delhi 2010

India is being extremely careful about security arrangements for the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, according to Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi.

Kalmadi told reporters, “we have to be very careful about the security. There would be a general assembly of all the Commonwealth countries that would be meeting in Delhi in October this year. We would have to satisfy them about the security arrangements.

“We have the Governor of Delhi who is heading the security aspects. We also have the Commonwealth Federation sending us reports and we are also sending them monthly updates about the security, so it is one of the most important aspects of the games”.

Kalmadi said that the first task for the organizers would be to allay the security concerns of the participating countries, reports Zee News.

“With security becoming an issue in the neighbouring countries, it is important for us to comfort them. We will put up a Beijing-like security bandobust in Delhi.

“We will put the best foot forward in October and make the right projection so as to satisfy the 71 countries who would be coming for the general assembly meeting”.

Kalmadi added that the preparations for the Games are on schedule and by December most of the preparations would be in place. “All the infrastructure are on schedule. Around 44 per cent work of the Games village has been completed and by December most of them would be completed. Only Rugby and Cycling Velodrome would take a month or two for completion.

“Accommodations have also been made for about 8000 athletes. The infrastructure in the city, including the Metro and Airport, is also on schedule and even if there is one or two months of delay, it can be taken care of.

“We are also getting sponsorships, especially TV from countries like Australia, New Zealand and we are negotiating with BBC and the revenues from TV rights we have doubled, we are expecting anything around USD 50 millions”, he said.

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