Security budget for London Olympics set to break recordDecember 5th, 2008 - 4:42 pm ICT by ANI
London, Dec.5 (ANI): An International Olympic Committee official has said that if the recent terrorist attack in Mumbai is taken into account as also other terror-related incidents, the security budget for the 2012 London Olympics is likely to break all previous records.
Denis Oswald, the chairman of the IOC’’s co-ordination committee for London 2012, told Telegraph
“It’’s really a difficult budget. Compared to previous Games, it is really rocketing. I would think it would be the biggest spend on security in Olympic history. It is sad, because you think of all the other things that the money could be spent on, but that is the evolution of the world, Oswald said ahead of a lecture at De Montfort University in Leicester.
“Athens spent Euro 900 million (780 million pounds), and brought in support from different countries as well. In the lead-up to 2004, there was an attack in Istanbul, as well as the bombings in Madrid. Nobody knows how much it will cost London in the end, because it all depends on the situation: a few attacks like the one in Mumbai, especially if they are closer to this country, and they will have to reinforce security again,” he added.
The security budget for the London Games was stepped up in December last year, when an additional 238 million pounds contingency fund was added to the 600 million pounds already earmarked for the purpose.
Oswald, however, believes that the UK is ideally equipped to defend itself after years of monitoring terrorist networks. (ANI)
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