India Govt Sanctions $15.2m For 2010 Games Security
Monday, 09 March 2009

The India government has sanctioned 782.6 million rupees ($15.2 million) to beef up security at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next year.

"A total of 78.26 crore rupees has been sanctioned to Delhi police to procure additional security equipment like X-ray scanners... specifically for (the) Commonwealth Games 2010," an unnamed Home ministry official told PTI agency on Sunday.

Organisers said last week that they would adopt security measures similar to those used at last year's Beijing Olympic Games, allaying fears the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan could scupper the event.

Speculation about the fate of the Games, due to be held in the Indian capital in October next year, has intensified since last year's Mumbai attacks and last week's ambush in Lahore which left six players and a coach wounded and eight people dead.

A number of Australian athletes have expressed reservations about coming to India, with former swimming champion Dawn Fraser calling for the event to be moved.


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