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Bombings not changing security spending in Canada

7/9/2005

TORONTO -- The bombing attack that killed at least 49 in London won't force organizers of the 2010 Winter Olympics to increase security spending, the CEO of the Vancouver Olympic
Committee said.
John Furlong said Friday he purposely left any mention of
security out of a report he gave to the International Olympic
Committee during it's meetings in Singapore.
"We have no reason to believe that anything that happened in
the last 24 hours is going to affect our plan," Furlong said in a
conference call.
"For us, today was not a day to talk about security," Furlong
said. "I wasn't prepared to. It was a day for feeling very badly
for the people of London. It was far too premature to do an
evaluation of what happened.
"From our position, we have a comprehensive security planning
process in place that is working. It has been applauded by the
IOC."
VANOC has budgeted about $147 million for security for the 2010
Games.
That is figure is low compared to the estimated $300 million
spent at the Salt Lake Games in 2002 and the staggering $1.6
billion spent on security at the Athens Olympics.
Furlong maintains the 2010 security budget won't increase.
"We have no reason to believe today the cost will go up as a
result of anything that has happened in the last 24 hours," he
said.
"We are optimistic we can deliver a safe and secure games for
the budget we have."