Thursday, January 21, 2010

Shooters worried about safety in Delhi

They may carry guns, but even Australia's shooters are concerned about their personal safety at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Olympic gold medallists Michael Diamond and Susie Balogh are among more than a hundred clay target shooters currently competing in Brisbane for selection at the October Games.

Diamond said, while his goal is to shoot for Australia, fears about his safety in India are in the back of his mind.

"Our safety in New Delhi is definitely a concern," he said.

"As long as Australia is sending a team, we have to trust that security is being taken care of, but that worry will always be in the back of our minds."

Australian Commonwealth Games Association chief executive Perry Crosswhite said last week it would be up to athletes to decide whether they will attend, but the risk was manageable.

The Commonwealth Games Federation has dismissed recent comments expressing concern about security as "ill informed".

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