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Kiwi Athletes Give Thumbs-Up To Games Village

NEW DELHI: The first New Zealand athletes to check into the Games Village for the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi has given the thumbs-up to the facilities provided, New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) has reported. Coach
PTI September 28, 2010 12:54 IST
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NEW DELHI: The first New Zealand athletes to check into the Games Village for the Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi has given the thumbs-up to the facilities provided, New Zealand Press Association (NZPA) has reported.

Coach Dave Edwards said the players had no complaints after their first night in the village. “Obviously, there's been a bit of work going over the past few days, but as far as we're concerned, it's fine,” he told NZPA. “There's a little bit of dust and some poor finishing with plaster and paint and things like that, but we're very happy with what we've got.”

Edwards said one comment from a bowler who had been at a past Games was the space in the rooms. “There's horror stories from previous Commonwealth Games where you roll over in the middle of the night and give your neighbour in the bed next door a black eye,” he said. “But these are roomy and spacious in that regard and the rest of the village is all fine. The dining hall is excellent.”

The coach added that the transfer from the airport to the village had been a smooth one. Edwards was speaking just as the team was leaving for its first training session.

The team had a two-day stopover in Dubai. “It just meant we missed a couple of days' training, which was disappointing, but we're here now.”  

The bowlers were followed into the village by the boxing and archery teams, and others due to arrive over the course of the day are competitors in gymnastics, synchronised swimming and badminton.