World swimming, diving champs have no security fears ahead of CWGSeptember 4th, 2010 - 6:42 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Sep 4 (ANI): Britain’s world diving champion Tom Daley has said that he has no security fears ahead of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, which kicks off on October 3.
Sixteen-year-old Daley, who will be one of England’s most high-profile participants, believes the England team’s security plans will ensure his safety and that the necessary arrangements have been made.
“I’m not really too worried about security, to be honest, because I know that I’m going to be able to trust Team England. I also know that I’m going to be able to trust the organisers of the Games to provide adequate Village security,” the Daily Telegraph quoted him as saying.
Daley, whose place in the England team for the 2010 Delhi Games was under threat following an injury on his triceps last month, is due to make a return to the 10m platform at the World Youth Diving Championships in Arizona next week.
Meanwhile, Australia’s triple Olympic Leisel Jones said in Sydney on Friday that she has no security or health concerns about competing at Commonwealth Games next month.
“India’s going to be a great country, it’s going to be full of colour, people go there on holiday all the time and really enjoy it and I think we’re going to have a really great time. I think it is going to put on a great show, with great colours and awesome food,” the Australian media reported Jones as saying at the unveiling of the team’s formal uniform in Melbourne.
The 25-year-old, who has seven Commonwealth Games gold and as many World championship gold, will be defending her Commonwealth 100m and 200m breaststroke crowns at the Games.
She said that she was satisfied with the security information provided by Australian Government and team officials.
“You can live in Melbourne and incidents can happen, you’re not truly safe from anything,” she said. “I’m not concerned at all at this point, we’ve had a lot of briefings with a lot of information about what’s been happening and we’ve only heard good things,” said Jones.
“The Australian Government obviously will be looking after us to the nth degree and I have all my faith in everyone,” she added.
On reports that the 2010 Games venues are still not ready, Jones said: “I’m not terribly concerned, I think they will get it together. Sydney was very prepared for their (2000) Olympics, but I think other countries take it differently to what we do.”
“I kind of like their relaxed nature, they take it as it comes and they’ll get it done, I’m sure they will,” she added.
Jones further said the Australian team always took precautions with their water supply.
“You’ve just got to be really careful. Growing up in (Australia’s) Northern Territory can be pretty scary as well and going to Africa, there was yellow fever, but you get vaccinations and you’re careful about the water you drink,” she said.
The 2010 Commonwealth Games is India’s biggest sporting event since the 1982 Asian 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. (ANI)
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