2010 Commonwealth Games has no security threat, says Kalmadi

May 6th, 2009 - 2:58 pm ICT by ANI  

Davis Cup New Delhi, May 6 (ANI): The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President Suresh Kalmadi ruled out any security threat to 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG).

Talking to reporters after inspecting a hockey ground being readied for the 2010 hockey World Cup here on Tuesday Kalmadi said, “There is no security concern. We must not have a communication gap. And one of the members of Australian team was here and he has given is a good chit. We have been having the Commonwealth Games Federation security people in Delhi. We had meeting with National Security Guards and with Home Ministry. We are having continuous update with all the 71 countries so they are quite happy with the security, which we are providing,”

India’s ambition of becoming a global sporting destination suffered a setback in April this year when Australia pulled out of the zonal Davis Cup tie in Chennai citing security fears in the region.

Australia’s stance provoked an angry response in India and the world’s second most populous nation fears TA’s move could send mixed signals to the international sporting fraternity ahead of a series of global events to be staged by the country.

Security for sports teams in the sub-continent has been called into question following the ambush of the Sri Lanka cricket team’s bus in Lahore last month and a three-day militant siege in Mumbai last November.India’s newly appointed national hockey coach, Spaniard Jose Brasa said he planned to take Hindi lessons to ensure that his words of wisdom are not lost in translation.

“I have received my first book about learning Hindi and I hope maybe …not promise but we maybe during World Cup we can talk a little bit. I really like to do it because I think it’s very important, communication between coach and players is really very-very important to get… To have a good team you can do it with your brain but to have a winning team you must do it with your brain and with your heart,” Brasa said.

Brasa signed up on Monday following a meeting with the ad-hoc committee that runs Indian hockey. His initial contract is until next year’s Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.

Brasa, who guided the Spanish women’s team to success in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic games, is tasked with getting India back on track after they failed to qualify for the Summer Games for the first time in Beijing last year.

The Indian Olympic association suspended the national hockey federation last April.

However, the Indian team have raised hopes of a turnaround by winning the Azlan Shah tournament in Malaysia last month after a barren 13 years. (ANI)

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