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Britain plays down Olympics security blunder

  • With less than ten days to go until the start of the London Games, Britain has set out to reassure the world that a last-minute security blunder would not compromise safety.

    An embarrassing shortage of security guards forced it to call up thousands of extra troops for the world’s biggest sporting event.

    As parliament launched an inquiry into why G4S, the world's biggest security firm, had failed to recruit enough guards, Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic organising committee (LOCOG) pledged there would be no more hiccups.

    Britain has already spent $14 billion on the Games, which includes its biggest peacetime security and transport operation.