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New Zealand questions if New Delhi Games will go ahead
New Zealand’s delegation said on Tuesday that the New Delhi Commonwealth Games may not go ahead as organisers tried to calm growing fears over personal security and the athletes’ housing at the Games.
Commonwealth Games organisers on Tuesday tried to calm growing international concerns after New Zealand joined the chorus of participants questioning whether the October 3-14 Games in India will ever take place.
On Monday shots were fired at a tour bus in New Delhi, wounding two Taiwanese tourists, and an explosion started a fire in the same neighbourhood, but did not cause any casualties.
A local Islamist group, the Indian Mujahideen, claimed responsibility for the bus attack, but not the blast. The group, which carried out attacks in New Delhi in 2008, has previously threatened to disrupt the Games.
On Monday Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key, added his voice to Australian concerns over security, stating that his government took the attacks very seriously.
Featured are all sorts of high-tech gadgets, such as barcode bomb-proof garbage cans and next-generation surveillance cameras. The book reveals that the cost of the technology totals around 50 million euros. In addition, a further 60 million has been invested by the Ministry of the Interior to insure security at the Games’ main sites.