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In the CEO’s chair — Tubby Reddy

Here’s to a successful and trouble-free staging of the Commonwealth Games coming up in New Delhi, India in the early part of October.

Obviously there are a lot of issues around games in terms of what sort of effect the monsoon rains could have, whether the infrastructure will be ready on time and obviously a key factor is whether security would be suitable for the Games. In this regard we attended a security workshop on 28 and 29 July in Delhi.

The purpose of the workshop was to brief Commonwealth Games associations and high commissions about the status quo and readiness of the security sector around the Games.

Presentations were done in relation to the security plan during the Games and which organisation will be responsible. Venue commanders were appointed, technological equipment had been procured and some had already arrived.

Clear co-ordination from various agencies was outlined and in place. Lockdown of venues was done in the first week of September already for the Games village and on 16 September for all the venues.

The SA High Commission was to provide us with an official from defence to serve in the security liaison sector.

We also had an opportunity to do the last recce visit before the Games and visited the Games village, opening and closing ceremony venue, cycling and lawn bowls venues ÔÇô hopefully venues where our athletes will strike gold at the Games.