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Australia sending big CWG squad despite dengue fear

india Updated: Sep 09, 2010 16:04 IST

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Australian High Commissioner Peter Varghese on Thursday said his country has issued an advisory to its citizens about the dengue in Delhi, but clarified that it will not deter the biggest ever Australian contingent from coming here for the Commonwealth Games next month.

"We have been keeping our team and others advised about preparations for the Games and developments,” Varghese told reporters.

"We have also provided advice through our travel advisories about the seasonal outbreak of dengue fever but these are not things that are going to stop the Games,” he added.

The envoy said that despite the dengue scare, Australia was looking forward to the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games, the biggest sporting event Delhi will be hosting since 1982 Asian Games.

"We are looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and have a very large team of 650 Australians that would be the biggest we would be sending. So, we will be looking forward to some very good competition in the Games," Varghese said.

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi health officials have said that the number of dengue cases this year have gone up to 1,580 and four deaths have been reported from various parts of the city.