Monday, 1 February 2010

UK intelligence team to provide inputs to Delhi

Amid concerns over possible terror threat to mega sporting events in the country, a special squad of London Police will visit India for three days beginning February 10 to share its expertise in securing venues ahead of the hockey World Cup and Commonwealth Games

Though there is no `specific threat' to either hockey World Cup or Commonwealth Games (CWG), the London Police team will visit stadiums and interact with the organisers, Delhi Police and home ministry officials.

Sources in the home ministry said the security experts from London would be briefed about steps being taken to have foolproof security of players and officers of the participating foreign teams. They will also be taken to the places where players will be lodged, they added.

Around 400 players and delegates will be in the capital for the tournament, which is to be held between February 28 and March 13.

Other mega sporting events which are lined up include Commonwealth Shooting Championship from February 17 to 28, IPL cricket matches to be held between March 13 and April 25 in different cities across the country.

Later this year, more than 8000 players will take part in Delhi Common Wealth Games in Oct.


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