London 2012: Millennium Stadium security 'tighter than ever before'
Published: 9th Apr 2012 16:29:41
Spectators have been assured that security will be tighter than ever when the 2012 Olympics kick off at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.
General manager Gerry Toms says security measures will be "a stage higher" than usual.
He was speaking as concerns about the London Games were raised after a swimmer disrupted the Boat Race.
The British Olympic Association said it would do all it could to protect Games athletes.
Cardiff will launch the Olympics when the stadium hosts the first events - two women's football matches - on Wednesday, 25 July.
The stadium will stage 11 matches in total, including two quarter-finals.
After the Boat Race was delayed on Saturday, British Olympic Association chairman Colin Moynihan said it could take just "one idiot" to cause disruption.
Mr Moynihan said that was why so much security was needed to minimise the possibility, although it could never be removed completely.
The whole purpose of public events... is to allow the people to engage with what's happening in front of them... and in doing so of course you have to give up certain parts of security you would like”
Mr Toms told BBC Radio Wales that he had a great deal of sympathy for the organisers of the Boat Race.
"Obviously they plan their contingencies for what they can reasonably expect to happen but there again who would have thought that someone would take such action?" he said.
"The whole purpose of public events... is to allow the people to engage with what's happening in front of them, to give them the best view, to get them as close to the action as possible.
"And in doing so of course you have to give up certain parts of security you would like."
Mr Toms said putting on a major event such as the Olympics was about minimising the risks, but they could not be eradicated.
"What you need to do is put in place all reasonable plans. If you take the Millennium Stadium as an example probably we have over 40 different contingency plans that deal with different aspects of what we think could happen.
"The most common for us of course in a sporting event is that someone who wants to get on the pitch.
"But we have a plan in place for that - it's tried and tested, and if it doesn't work as well as we expect we go back and revise it. In the Boat Race I'm sure that's what they'll do."
Mr Toms added: "So we've got our own contingency plans which are very good.
"But the level of security of the Olympics will be a stage higher and we've been working very closely with Locog (the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) and we've been doing that for 18 months to make sure that we get the right balance about allowing the public the right to enjoy the Games.
"And that's what it's all about. And yet have in place the proper measures to deal with things if and when they occur."
Mr Toms confirmed security would be higher than ever for the Olympics.
"It's a huge event. It's similar to holding a government conference such is the state of security, rightly so.
"So there's a lot of extra work to be done and that plan at the moment is well in place."
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. London 2012: Millennium Stadium security 'tighter than ever before'. [Online] (Updated 09 Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news.php/1421369-London-2012-Millennium-Stadium-security-tighter-than-ever-before [Accessed 14th May 2013]
At 19:52:55 in HeadlinesNigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three states after a spate of deadly attacks by Islamist militant ...
At 19:45:19 in WalesA body has been found by fire crews tackling a blaze at a terraced house in Gwynedd....
At 19:42:52 in WorldThe Democratic Republic of Congo is to build a town in honour of independence figure Patrice Lumumba, government spokesman Lambert Mende has...
At 19:40:22 in HeadlinesUS Attorney General Eric Holder has said the leak that prompted the seizure of Associated Press (AP) phone records had put the US "at r...
At 19:35:59 in EnglandThe family of an eight-year-old girl from Birmingham have demanded to know why she died while being treated for mild dehydration on holiday ...
At 19:31:36 in BusinessEuropean Union finance ministers have agreed to start talks with five none-EU countries in a bid to tighten rules on bank secrecy and tax ev...
At 19:31:10 in PoliticsPrince Harry has met UK Prime Minister David Cameron in New York to encourage more Americans to visit, study and do business in Britain....
At 19:25:33 in BusinessRatings agency Fitch upgraded Greece's credit rating, citing progress in cutting its budget deficit and the risk of a eurozone exit rec...
At 19:08:03 in WalesA timetable has been agreed for reorganising education in Llanidloes and Machynlleth in Powys....
At 19:02:41 in EnglandA council worker left a woman with dementia on a minibus for more than 14 hours overnight, a jury has heard....
News In Other Categories
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in three states after a spate of deadly attacks by Islamist militant ...
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol ba...
Prince Harry has met UK Prime Minister David Cameron in New York to encourage more Americans to visit, study and do business in Britain....
European Union finance ministers have agreed to start talks with five none-EU countries in a bid to tighten rules on bank secrecy and tax ev...
The family of an eight-year-old girl from Birmingham have demanded to know why she died while being treated for mild dehydration on holiday ...
A German federal court has told Google to clean up the auto-complete results its search engine suggests....