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New Zealand Commonwealth Games chef de mission Dave Currie has said that some teams are uncomfortable with the security checks at the Delhi Commonwealth Games venue.


Wellington, Oct 1: New Zealand Commonwealth Games chef de mission Dave Currie has said that some teams are "uncomfortable" with the security checks at the Delhi Commonwealth Games venue.

Currie reportedly said that some countries at a chefs de mission meeting have raised concerns about the tight security checks, which have made many athletes uncomfortable.

"The checks are thorough to the point where some of my colleagues are not comfortable. One chef de mission said it was something he wasn't used to, having certain parts of his body patted. He was delicate about it, believing it to be a tad intrusive," the New Zealand Herald quoted Currie, as saying.

However, he also praised India for tightening its security and added that the security checks should continue.

"Everybody is concerned about security, so the Indians are making sure nothing occurs on their watch," he added.

Currie further slammed Australian channel ABC for its current affairs show, which claimed that Channel Seven reporter Mike Duffy had produced a 'shocking beat-up' in his recent story about taking bomb materials into the main stadium. He also claimed that Duffy is now suing the ABC show for defamation, which if proven, would not be 'helpful' for the channel.

"In fact it's unbelievably wicked. Especially at a time when athletes are nervous and concerned, saying 'should we come or not?' and we are saying our security observations are good. Then a journalist runs that and it undermines all the things we are seeing. He needs a kick in the bum," he said.

Currie added that it also might have impacted on athletes pulling out.

"We've only had Greg Henderson and Ellen Barry miss the Games at this stage but it's unfortunate if that was part of their decision-making process, it's potentially a fraud. But if he genuinely got it through then I guess it's fair cop.

He also said fears about dengue fever doing the rounds since long were largely unfounded, "People were also concerned about dengue fever. I've been here two weeks now and haven't seen a lot of mosquitoes in our part of the village," he said.

ANI

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