SYDNEY (AUS): The Daily Telegraph reports that there is an 80% chance the Commonwealth Games will come under some sort of terrorist attack. The newspaper had access to a new security risk assessment report to conclude that the Australian federal government and the sports administrators have played down the treat. The report stated that it would be much more likely an attack would happen on a soft public target near the Games rather than on a sports venue itself. The Athletes would be most vulnerable when being transported from the airport to the hotel and from the hotel to the sport venues.
BRIDGETOWN (BAR): Local media are reporting that regional track and field chief Teddy McCook (also IAAF Council member) allayed fears that the CARIFTA Games could be cancelled for the first time in its near 40-year history. He was speaking against the backdrop of reports that organisers of the region’s premier youth and track and field showpiece were experiencing problems securing a venue after St Kitts pulled out recently. He said that venue issues were not unfamiliar, noting this year’s Games in the Cayman Islands were not confirmed until last September. McCook explained that a number of countries had been approached, and organisers would hopefully make an announcement by the end of the month on who would host the event.
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