They were worried before leaving for India, but after watching the arrangements at Commonwealth Games Village here the foreign delegates were all praise for the sprawling campus where the teams are moving in.
"It is an excellent Village. Steve Moneghetti, former marathon gold medallist, who is chef de mission, told the
Australian media today in 25 years of living in a Village, this is as good as he has ever seen," Australian Press Attache
John Gatfield said.
The first batch of the Australian athletes for the Delhi Games arrived here in the wee hours today and came to the
Australia's lawn bowl squad have arrived and later today, their netball and gymnastics teams will also join them.
Gatfield, after taking a round of the Village said, "The team was very happy and rooms were very spacious. Excellent
food, excellent facilities, he (Moneghetti) is very happy. The team is very happy."
Asked about the fear of a dengue epidemic, he said, "All fears taken care of. No mosquitoes. If you are sensible, you
will not get any fever."
Meanwhile, chef de mission of Kenya Jonathan Koskei also echoed Gatfield's opinion. "We have participated in such Games in other countries also. The facilities are poorer (than here) in many other countries. We are happy with the facilities, that is why we are here," Koskei said.
Asked about the reported filthiness in some corners of the Village, The Kenyan said, "They are improving hour by hour. The training venues are on and we are practicing there."
"The Village is also OK. The Games will go on," he said with the with a thumbs up sign. The Village has already come in for sharp criticism for what some delegates have termed as unhygienic condition.