LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron has chaired a meeting of the British government’s crisis committee to discuss final preparations for an Olympic games beset by late security troubles and the threat of strikes.
Monday’s meeting of the emergency committee, known as COBRA, was attended by government ministers, Olympic organizers and security officials.
Home Secretary Theresa May told the meeting that plans to ensure a safe and secure Olympics were “robust,” despite the failure of the private security firm G4S to provide the promised numbers of guards. Thousands of soldiers have been drafted in to fill the gap.
She also said reserve staff were on standby to fill in if border guards at London’s Heathrow and other airports hold a planned one-day strike on Thursday, the day before the games begin.