Crosswhite: Flags ok (inside stadiums only)
Australia’s top Commonwealth Games official says fans should feel safe to sport their national colours in Delhi – but only inside secured venues.
The build-up to the Games has been marred by ongoing terrorism concerns, a trend that continued on Sunday amid reports of a threat made by an unnamed Al Qaeda-linked group to kidnap westerners during the event.
The Federal Government continues to warn of a high risk of a terror attack, while security company Homeland Security Asia-Pacific has warned Australian visitors could draw unwanted attention to themselves by brandishing Australian flags or green and gold dress.
Australian Commonwealth Games Association chief executive Perry Crosswhite stressed it was up to each individual, but couldn’t see a problem with doing so inside the locked-down venues.
“If you’re at a venue – those are going to be secure so I don’t think it’s an issue in there,” Crosswhite said.
“I think it’s probably outside on the streets, that’s probably an issue.
“… But it’s really each person’s own decision … I’m always one that likes to make known that I’m from Australia, my wife’s coming to these Games, she’s got a flag, she’s going to show it, that’s her decision.
“I certainly understand there are issues and some people think they would be a target to do so … but I think it’s up to supporters on what they come for and what they do.”© AAP 2013
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