Security will be "re-evaluated" says SLOC Chief

Posted 12. September 2001 by Editor

The head of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee said security measures for the 2002 Winter Games will have to be reassessed in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

"I look for the federal government to revisit the public safety plans for the Games," SLOC president Mitt Romney told The Associated Press. "We will be fully engaged in that process and will make it our highest priority."

Romney was in Washington for meetings regarding Olympic security issues when the attacks occurred. Monday, Romney met with the director of the FBI and members of Congress, which has not released its final contribution of $12.7 million for government agencies involved in Olympic security.

Romney was satisfied with security preparations - until Tuesday's events.

"The conduct of public safety in this country can never be the same," Romney said. "I thought the program was a complete and holistic plan, which did not have gaping holes or obvious weaknesses. I think that characterization has to be completely re-evaluated in light of today's tragedy."

Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt said the Games "will go forward as planned."

Tours were canceled at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. USOC personnel were busy trying to account for U.S. athletes training or competing overseas.

"The American Olympic family is stunned by the immense tragedy that has unfolded today on American soil, and the thoughts and prayers of all of us are with the families and the victimes of this senseless attack," USOC president Sandra Baldwin said. "Our efforts are now centered on making sure that our athletes, whether they be in training or one of our Olympic training centers or abroad for international events, are safe and have our full support and access to all of our resources for their assistance."

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