Delhi firing incident won’t affect Commonwealth Games: Reddy

September 20th, 2010 - 1:14 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Sep 20 (ANI): Condemning the firing incident at Delhi’s Jama Masjid on Sunday in which two foreign tourists were injured, Union Urban Development Minister S. Jaipal Reddy has said that the incident would not effect the Commonwealth Games.

Talking to reporters here, Reddy said: “That (the shootout) will have no impact whatsoever on the readiness of our people to present the Games. This incident will have no impact on the sportspersons who are scheduled to come. The Commonwealth Games Village, where they would be put up, will have very high level of protection.”

“We were always aware that the enemies of the nation would try to do something. It is a small incident…whatever it is, it is for every person in Delhi and visitor to be alert. We have mobilised sufficient security,” he added.

Chairman of the Commonwealth Organising Committee Suresh Kalmadi said he had spoken to many Commonwealth countries and nobody is worried.

“It is not having any impact. We are all set for a great game,” he added.

Security has been tightened in the capital ahead of the Games.

India is expecting about two million tourists in New Delhi for the Games, as well as about 10,000 athletes from 71 teams representing 54 Commonwealth member states.

The Commonwealth Games 2010 will be held from 3 to 14 October in New Delhi. (ANI)

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