England will make a final decision on their participation at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in September, but currently have no major security concerns over the Delhi event.
A report on Wednesday quoted a senior Whitehall source saying there was "virtually no chance" an England team would be sent to India. But England's chef de mission Craig Hunter is optimistic the XIX Commonwealth Games, which are scheduled to take place from October 3-14, will be a success.
"Obviously we've been looking at security as one of the most important factors in determining whether the team will participate next October," Hunter told Press Association Sport. "But at this point in time we've not seen anything that would suggest we would not be participating and we continue to be very excited about the prospects of participating in Delhi next year."
Commonwealth Games England have been in regular discussions with the British High Commission in Delhi, the Metropolitan Police, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as well as fellow home nations Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey over security in India.
"I would suggest we'll be making a judgement as to whether it's appropriate to compete, probably at the beginning of September, certainly not in December," said Hunter. "An awful lot of things happen in nine months.
"We will take the intelligence that's given and we will be in discussions at the highest level with the appropriate authorities.
"If they were to say to us in their opinion it was inappropriate for us to compete, then we would have to take that very, very seriously and make that judgement call."
A number of high-profile names from the home nations will be absent from the 8,000 athletes from 71 nations due to compete in Delhi - but only because of the sporting calendar.
Cycling's road World Championships in Melbourne, the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona and the World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam are among the events taking place close to the Games.
That places doubts over the participation of the likes of cyclists Mark Cavendish (Isle of Man) and Bradley Wiggins (England), athletes Jessica Ennis, Kelly Sotherton, Phillips Idowu and Paula Radcliffe (all England), as well as England's world champion gymnast Beth Tweddle. But no-one is yet to voice their non-participation at the Commonwealth Games due to security fears.