SA men’s hockey team await meeting outcome after Al Qaeda threat

2010-02-20 00:00

THE South African Men’s Hockey Association (Saha) were awaiting the outcome of a high-level meeting in Delhi late yesterday before deciding whether to send the national men’s team to the World Cup in India.

News broke this week that an operational arm of Al-Qaeda has warned of possible attacks on the 2010 Hockey World Cup, which takes place in New Delhi from February 28 to March 13.

The Kashmir-based 313 Brigade is allegedly behind the threat, which also encompasses the IPL cricket tournament and the Commonwealth Games later this year.

Saha president Dave Carr told Weekend Witness yesterday afternoon that a meeting bringing together representatives of the governments of the 12 participating hockey countries and a number of other key stakeholders was under way in Delhi.

“Indian government officials, representatives from the various embassies and a delegation from [world hockey governing body] the FIH are discussing this issue right now and Saha will await the outcome of that meeting before any decisions are made,” Carr said.

The SA team are due to leave for Delhi sometime next week.

Delhi Police spokesman Rajan Baghat has told Reuters that “foolproof arrangements” are being made for the global hockey event.

“We are not leaving anything to chance,” he said.

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