Pine confident of Games security

DESPITE the possible security risks, swimmer Adam Pine is not worried about competing in a record fifth Commonwealth Games in Delhi this year.

Security for the Games has been under heightened scrutiny since the terrorist strikes in Mumbai last year and the continual unstable situation in neighbouring Pakistan.

Pine believes that the recent terrorist attacks on sporting teams in Pakistan and Angola occurred due to a lack of security protocol.

But he said the Delhi Commonwealth Games should be a well-organised and secure event.

“Everyone has a right to be cautious, but I have faith in the Australian Commonwealth Games Association (ACGA) to make the right recommendation for athletes,” the former Lismore and Ballina swimmer said.

Australia is planning to send its largest ever team to compete in an overseas Commonwealth Games and ACGA chief executive Perry Crosswhite has said all threats will be taken into account.

Australian Federal Police will travel with the team for the first time and Pine said all the athletes would be kept informed.

“The athletes’ village compound and venues will be secure as they are usually surrounded by four mega high walls,” Pine said.

“The largest risk will be travelling to and from venues and for spectators who do not have the security escorts.

“There will be more security arrangements when the time comes, so we’ll have to wait and see what happens.”

The Indian student crisis in Australia should not increase the risk for Australian athletes, Pine said, but he would consider not bringing his wife and children to watch him compete. Already the longest serving Australian swimmer in Commonwealth Games history, Pine is looking to extend his swimming career by contesting the trials in March.

Seemingly getting better with age, Pine set three personal bests at an Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) swim meet last November.

The Delhi Commonwealth Games will be held from October 3 to 14.

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