The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is training South Africans on how to use equipment to detect radiation and how to respond, said Anita Nilsson, who heads the agencyâ€™s office of nuclear security.
â€œThe gathering of high-level people represents opportunitiesâ€ for dirty bombs, Nilsson said at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington.
â€œAlthough security is at high attention at events of that kind, in the past the nuclear dimension of that security may not have been the focus,â€ she said.
Nilsson said the IAEA had provided training to a â€œlarge number of peopleâ€ in South Africa.â€œThey are ready to put this on,â€ she said.
The IAEA first started taking up nuclear security at sporting events at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, she said.The first World Cup in Africa kicks off on June 11. Much of the attention ahead of the event has focused not on terrorism but on street violence, which is a major problem in South Africa.
Blatter told French broadcaster TV5-Europe that there would not be â€œinter-racial conflictsâ€ as â€œwe have received indirect assurances from the government, through the South African ambassador in Switzerland.â€
All eyes on dirty bomb at World Cup