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Boston Aftermath: TCS Marathon to Take Police's Help

April 18, 2013

The blasts that occurred during the Boston Marathon may have shaken the world, but will not deter the plans that are already on track for the sixth edition of TCS World 10K Bangalore, which is slated to take place on May 19.

About 25,000 amateur and professional runners took part in TCS World 10K last year, which saw the runners running in 10k and 5k categories. Bruno Goveas, director communications of Procam International, said the organising team would work closely with the Bangalore police to make sure there are no loopholes in security.

"After what happened in Boston, we are definitely paying more attention to the security at this event, but we have currently taken all precautions that are necessary to make sure people are safe," he says.

A security detail from the Bangalore Police and the Bangalore traffic police and also a private security team hired by the organisers, will watch over the event.

"We have 500 of our own security personnel and we will be having metal detectors at the Kanteerava Stadium. We will also be combing the stadium with dog squads the previous day to make sure it is safe," Goveas says.

Of course, with an open event like the TCS World where the runners will be running across the city, there is only so much the organisers can do, concedes Goveas.

"It's important for the runners to make sure that they are aware of their surroundings because it's an uncontrolled atmosphere and definitely in the wake of Boston we are looking to plugging all the holes but there is another major marathon in London next week and the cycle continues," he offers.

And Goveas is convinced that it will not scare away those willing to participate and expects to cross 25,000 numbers this year.

"We have invited about 40 of the world's elite athletes, most of them from the African countries and we expect amateur participants from across the world," he adds.

Source: Copyright DNA : Daily News & Analysis (India) 2013

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