Bombings not changing security spending in Canada

Updated: July 9, 2005, 1:17 AM ET
Associated Press

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."

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