Friday, 1 October 2010

Commonwealth Games a hit amongst athletes

Fears over the state of the Commonwealth Games athletes village look to have fizzled out with the accommodation earning positive reviews across the board from competitors.

Despite alarm from several teams just two weeks out from the Games when the village was described as "filthy" and "unliveable", a late clean-up appears to have worked with athletes speaking highly of their homes as Sunday's opening ceremony approaches.

England flag bearer Nathan Robertson was the latest to give praise on Friday, even declaring the accommodation the best he'd seen in four Commonwealth Games.

"We've been there two days now ... the village quality has been very good the food halls excellent, actually the accommodation is possibly some of the best we've stayed in," the badminton star said.

"It was a little bit dirty when we arrived but the actual accommodation is some of the best compared with previous Commonwealth Games.

"They were just a little bit dusty at the start ... they've obviously done a lot of work in the last week."

Robertson's praise came after Australian athletes spoke highly of their new digs as they arrived through the week.

Athletes from South Africa, Canada and Pakistan have also given the accommodation the thumbs up, as have the likes of Scotland and New Zealand, whose officials were among the biggest critics prior to the Games.

"The toilets flush, the showers work, the beds are good, so we're happy," New Zealand hockey skipper Phil Burrows said.

Scottish wrestler Ashlea McManus said the village was bustling.

"You walk down the street and there are people of every other nation .. the atmosphere is great," she said.

Around 1200 athletes and officials were expected to join the 5500 odd already moved in to the village on Friday.

Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit announced a theatre to screen movies for the village's inhabitants would open on Friday night.


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