C'wealth Games safe despite IPL switch: IOA
The decision to move cricket's Indian Premier League (IPL) out of the country due to security concerns will not affect the 2010 Commonwealth Games, a top sports official said on Monday.
"We are not worried about security for the Games," Indian Olympic Association secretary general Randhir Singh told reporters.
"Moving the IPL out of India does not reflect any security worries as far as other sports events are concerned, especially the Commonwealth Games, which we will host in New Delhi.
"The government has said it did not want to burden security forces at the time of the elections. There will be no such issues for the Games next year."
Indian cricket chiefs on Sunday decided to relocate this year's IPL to another country because the government says security forces need to be focused on the general elections scheduled for April-May.
The venue for the glitzy Twenty20 tournament from April 10 to May 24 is expected to be unveiled later on Monday.
Security concerns are high in India after the militant attacks in Mumbai in November and on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Pakistan earlier this month.
The Commonwealth Games are due to be held in the Indian capital from October 3-14 next year.