Security plans ‘uplifted’ for Wimbledon, organisers say

Security plans ‘uplifted’ for Wimbledon, organisers say

Security measures have been implemented at the Wimbledon tennis championships to prevent protesters from disrupting the event. This comes after environmental activists disrupted the Ashes cricket test at Lord’s. During the second test between England and Australia, Just Stop Oil activists scattered orange powder on the outfield before one of them was carried off the field by home wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow. Similar disruptions have occurred at other sporting events in England this year, including the Premiership Rugby final, the World Snooker Championship, the Grand National horse race, and the Chelsea Flower Show.

There have been reports in the UK media that Wimbledon is a prime target for activists, who see it as an opportunity for publicity. However, the All England Lawn Tennis Club is confident in its ability to handle the situation. Operations Director Michelle Dite stated that they have plans in place to mitigate risks and are working with specialist agencies and the Metropolitan Police. The safety and security of players, colleagues, and visitors are of utmost importance.

The All England Club, which hosts the grasscourt grand slam tournament, has been collaborating with organizers of other sporting events, including the English Cricket Board, to improve security practices. Dite emphasized that they work closely with the Metropolitan Police and other relevant organizations throughout the year to ensure the safety and security of The Championships. They have reviewed their security plans based on incidents at other sporting events and advice from key partners.

Stringent entry conditions help to minimize the risks associated with protests. Dite explained that their updated Conditions of Entry, implemented in April 2023, include guidelines on prohibited items and disruptive behavior. Any breaches of these conditions will be dealt with according to their code of conduct. Prohibited items such as glue, cable-ties, chains, and padlocks can be used by protesters to disrupt events by attaching themselves to property. Bringing chalk-dust into the grounds, whether it be white or orange, will also result in being denied entry.

Wimbledon is scheduled to take place from July 3-16.

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