MUMBAI // The Indian government has sanctioned Rs782.6 million (Dh55.5m) to enhance security at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi next year. "A total of 78.26 crore rupees has been sanctioned to Delhi police to procure additional security equipment like X-ray scanners, specifically for the Commonwealth Games 2010," an unnamed home ministry official told the PTI agency. Organisers said last week that they would adopt security measures similar to those used at last year's Beijing Olympic Games, allaying fears the attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Pakistan could scupper the event.
Speculation about the fate of the Games, due to be held in the Indian capital in October next year, has intensified since last year's Mumbai attacks and last week's ambush in Lahore which left eight people dead with six players and a coach wounded. A number of Australian athletes have expressed reservations about coming to India, with the former swimming champion Dawn Fraser calling for the event to be moved.