31 Dec 2009

England to decide on Commonwealth Games a month beforehand

6:33 pm on 31 December 2009

England won't decide whether to take part in next year's Commonwealth Games in New Delhi until a month out from the event.

English team chef de mission Craig Hunter says no decision's likely to be made until September on the nation's participation in the October 3-14 Games.

Britain's Daily Telegraph newspaper recently reported a senior government source as saying there was virtually no chance an England team would be sent to India because of fears they could be attacked by Pakistani terrorists.

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.

England's decision could be influenced by their participation in hockey's World Cup in Delhi next March.

English hockey authorities say they have no current plans to withdraw their team from either the World Cup or the Commonwealth Games.