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Are the Delhi Games safe?

It's been almost two weeks since my last blog, so let me give you an update on what I'm doing.

I've been training (obviously). I'm working hard and starting to get that competitive feeling. I haven't competed much this year, so I'm ready to line up and see what my chicken legs can do over those hurdles.

I'm also starting to prepare for the trip to India. What does that mean? Shots! No, not that kind (did you think of the alcoholic variety when you first read that?). I'm talking about vaccinations. Last Thursday I was assaulted with a polio booster, plus shots for meningitis and the hepatitis A and B. I get another Hep A/Hep B tomorrow. I'm not exactly excited about it, but I gotta do what I gotta do to stay healthy.

Yesterday I was checking my email (which I'm terrible at doing) and noticed a Team Canada update that contained a video. It was more or less a briefing on what the athletes and staff members will encounter in India, and things we need to be prepared for during the Commonwealth Games. One of the topics was "Security." I've got some thoughts on that issue.

Shock in Athens

In my opinion, security is always a concern at any major event. I know some critics of this year's Commonwealth Games have harped on the issue of security in their rants about India.

Some people feel that we may be in more danger because we'll be in an area closer to terrorists and all that jazz. Well guess what? Threats are everywhere! Crazy people are everywhere. This event is no exception.

Remember the 1996 Atlanta Olympics? Right in the U.S. of A, some crazy person bombed a park in the midst of the Games.

I remember when I went to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, there were major security concerns. It was the first major athletic games after 9/11. When we landed in Athens, we were escorted to a bus that had a soldier with a machine gun in the back of the bus. Talk about a shock. Seeing that made me more scared than the warnings of possible terrorism.

As time passed, I realized that the organizing committee for the 2004 Olympics and our own Canadian support staff did everything to keep everyone safe. I'm pretty confident that India will be the same. I'm confident that we will be protected.

Be smart

Now, don't get me wrong. I'm certainly aware of possible violence. We just need to be cautious and smart. Because, really, when I think about it, if I were to mull over every single thing that could possibly be dangerous, I would never leave my house.

Going to India to compete for Canada is an amazing opportunity. I don't want to miss out on that. It's just tragic that security of such a high magnitude is needed. What ever happened to only needing security to take care of the super-inebriated and people sneaking into events?

But, hey, what it all really boils down to is this: people around the world haven't seen my guns (a.k.a. my arms). They can take care of any threat. So, if you'll excuse me, I need to go and do some bicep curls so these chicken wings can actually do some damage.