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Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007, Chris Dehring is defending the security arrangements in place for the event.
“We have reviewed security arrangements in place and we believe that they are adequate for the event and it is certainly appropriate, based on the Master Security plan that was drafted and [put] in place,” he said.
Mr. Dehring made these remarks at a recent press conference at the Jamaica Pegasus, held by security personnel to announce the official post mortem report from the government pathologist, who conducted the autopsy on the late Pakistani cricket coach, Robert ‘Bob’ Woolmer.
“We are obviously, just as much as the ICC, in total shock and really very sad at the turn of events, but we have an event still to run despite the tragic circumstance. We still have a duty to perform and that is certainly what we will be doing,” he said.
Mr. Dehring said that it was now the duty of the region to lift the gloom associated with the tragic circumstance and continue the event in honour of Coach Woolmer. This was necessary, he said, in order to make sure that ICC CWC 2007 was not seen “as solely what has taken place here, but also as a fantastic cricket event and it was certainly on its way to being that.”
“We certainly believe that it is our duty to lift that gloom with the continued running of the event in as professional a manner as possible,” he stressed. Mr. Woolmer was found unconscious in his hotel room on March 18 and was later pronounced dead at the University Hospital of the West Indies. The pathologist report states that his death was due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation. In these circumstances, the matter of his death is now being treated by the Jamaican police as a case of homicide.
The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) is making an appeal to anyone who may have information that will assist in the investigation to come forward in order that Mr. Woolmer’s wife and family can begin the process of healing.