The residential blocks have got a thumbs down but the international zone at the Commonwealth Games Village is turning out to be a massive hit with the athletes and delegates who have checked in.
"The international zone is marvellous and I am sure the athletes would enjoy it," Nigerian Chef de Mission, Elias Gora said after taking a round of the area. The zone which is a demarcated area in the village is meant for extrasport activities for the athletes and has lots of recreation facilities.
"This is the best place in the whole of the village, I love coming here," an official with the Kenyan contingent said. Members from the Indian contingent -- the first team to check-in at the village -- have been regularly spotted in the zone.
"The international zone is very good. I enjoy spending time there and it is a world class facility," boxing star Akhil Kumar told PTI. The state-of-the art golf simulator at the zone which allows one to play golf on a graphically simulated driving range in an indoor setting has been a hit with athletes from many countries.
"We had some foreign athletes taking part in virtual golfing action and since we are offering the service for free, we expect many more foot falls once all the teams arrive here," said Ashutosh, the in-charge at the facility.
There is also a gaming zone with billiards tables, a TV lounge, an ice-cream parlour, in addition to shopping opportunities like merchandise shop, handicrafts outlet, electronic store and a general store that sells provisions.
The shops have stored items imported specially from the Commonwealth nations to make the visiting contingents feel at home. "We have specially imported chocolates, chips and cakes for the athletes so that they don't feel away from their homes," Arun Saini, manager at the general store said.
The handicrafts store has art pieces from all over India to ensure that the residents get a feel of the rich cultural heritage and diversity of Indian art. "From Kashmiri Paper Machie to Banarasi scarves and Kanchipuram silk, our store has specialties from all over India and we have had some curious visitors so far," a manager at the store said while pointing towards the shinning metal statues from Moradabad.