New Delhi:International Hockey Federation (FIH) president Leandro Negre on Thursday gave a thumbs-up to the security arrangements made for the World Cup, calling it "of the highest level".
"I am very happy with the security arrangements. It is of the highest level," Negre said.
The FIH chief, who arrived here on Wednesday night for the World Cup starting on Sunday, said the organisers have done their best and everyone should leave it to the security experts.
"With all the international players around, you cannot afford to take chances. Players' safety is very importance for us. You have to go by the police because they are in the best position to advise you on security," he said.
The run-up to the World Cup has been marred by security concerns after a militant group issued a terror threat against foreign players visiting India. It prompted New Zealand striker Simon Child to pull out at the last minute.
The organisers have put in place a water-tight security system, restricting even the media from covering the training sessions at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here, the main venue for the 12-team event.
Relationship has soured between the organisers and the media but the FIH chief hoped things would normalise once the event gets underway.
"The World Cup is very important not only for Indian hockey but for FIH too. We are are working very hard to make it a wonderful World Cup. Whatever issues are there will be sorted out once the tournament begins," Negre said.