NEW DELHI, July 19 (Bernama) — Organisers of the Yonex-Sunrise World Badminton championship are meeting round-the-clock to ensure no security slip-ups which could jeopardise the safety of players during the week-long tournament in Hyderabad next month.
The Badminton World Federation (BWF) officials and Indian organisers held several rounds of meetings on Saturday and today (Sunday) to continuously review the security arrangements for the major tournament.
Amidst the twin bombings in the luxurious hotels in Jakarta last Friday where nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured, BWF and Indian authorities are not taking security matters lightly.
"We are giving top priority to security for the players. Security will be very tight during the games, outside and inside the stadium. Any team with more than 10 players will have a special liaison officer.
"Every vehicle transporting players from the airport to hotel and to the stadium will be escorted by police vans.
"In addition, bomb units and dog units will be deployed around the stadium," K. C. Punnaiah Choudhary, chairman of the organising committee, told Bernama in a telephone interview from Hyderabad Sunday.
The seven-day tournament would be played at the Gachibowli Indoor Stadium in Hyderabad, capital of the southern state of Andra Pradesh, beginning Aug 10.
Hyderabad, also known as the Pearl City, is itself not free from terrorist threats, just like several other major Indian cities, and suffered at the hands of terrorists.
On Aug 25, 2007, two, near-simultaneous bomb blasts in crowded parks and eating places in Kothi, Hyderabad, left 33 people killed and about 60 injured.
Choudhary said BWF officials and its Intelligence Risk Agency were satisfied with the level of arrangements being planned for the event.