31 Dec 2009

NZ will go to Delhi despite security concerns - Games chief

7:36 pm on 31 December 2009

The head of the New Zealand Olympic Committee says it still plans to send athletes to the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi despite a report that the English team may not participate.

Games officials in England have denied a report in The Daily Telegraph that English athletes will not go to Delhi because of fears they could be attacked by terrorists.

English team chef de mission Craig Hunter says no decision is likely to be made until September on the nation's participation in the Games.

Security for the Games has been under added scrutiny since last year's terrorist strikes in Mumbai and the March attack on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Pakistan.

NZOC president Mike Stanley, who also heads the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Association, says he is monitoring the situation in Delhi closely and has received no information to suggest New Zealand athletes will be at risk.

He says India is going to extraordinary lengths to ensure security at the Games.

More than 8,000 athletes from 71 nations are due to compete in India from 3-14 October 2010.