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World Cup on US security radar
February 22, 2007 14:19 IST
Cricket may not be creating ripples in the United States yet, but it will make its presence felt during the World Cup in Caribbean next month by contributing in specialised training, including port security and bomb detection.
Ann Jackson, World Cup co-coordinator for the US Embassy in Barbados, said the United States had contributed about USD 3 million in specialised training, including port security and bomb detection.
Jackson said the US has also helped set up a database that will check travelers' names against criminal watch lists.
"We anticipate that this project will be one of the legacies of the cricket World Cup," she said.
Interpol and the United States agreed to provide information to help Caribbean countries filter potential security risks from the tens of thousands expected for the March 13-April 28 tournament.
French and British law enforcement officials will help with security during the event.
Security forces activated for the tournament will include 70 officers from South Africa trained in bomb and nuclear materials detection.
ICC World Cup managing director Chris Dehring said India, Australia, South Africa, Britain and non-cricketing nations China, France, Canada were also among the countries to have helped with issues including security and renovation of venues.
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