New Zealand confirms to attend Delhi Commonwealth Games

08:26, September 25, 2010      

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The New Zealand Olympic Committee confirmed on Friday that it still intends sending a team to the Commonwealth Games in India.

There have been concerns about the poor condition of the athletes' accommodation at the Games Village, about infrastructure and security, and an outbreak of dengue fever in Delhi.

The NZOC on Friday was briefed on the problems by President Mike Stanley and secretary-general Barry Maister, who made a flying visit to Delhi earlier this week.

Stanley said the Indian government has acknowledged the issues which prompted New Zealand team management to delay the arrival of athletes until Tuesday because they regard the accommodation as uninhabitable.

Stanley said what they found in Delhi was inexcusable and unacceptable, but there has been a change in leadership and the NZOC is now hopeful things can be turned around.

Regarding security concerns, he said the New Zealand government advisers have confirmed that "while there is risk in a general sense associated with India, there continues to be no direct threat to the Commonwealth Games."

The Games are scheduled to start on Oct. 3.

England, Scotland, Wales and Kenya have confirmed their teams will compete.

Source: Xinhua


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