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‘Hygiene at Village bigger concern’

Australia's swimming coach Leigh Nugent says hygiene at the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi is a bigger concern for him than the terror threats to the October 3 to 14 event.

other Updated: Sep 18, 2010 23:50 IST

Australia's swimming coach Leigh Nugent says hygiene at the Commonwealth Games Village in Delhi is a bigger concern for him than the terror threats to the October 3 to 14 event.

"You can go to a Western-style country and still get sick, but on the subcontinent they have bugs we have no resistance to," Nugent was quoted as saying by 'The Daily Telegraph'.

"Things like vomiting and diarrhoea can run rampant through a team, wreaking havoc on months of preparation and destroying medal chances.

"So you have to be extra vigilant and make sure you have as many preventative measures in place as you can." Nugent said all the Australian swimmers have been given hand-sanitising gel, probiotics to boost immunity and long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and bug repellent plus mosquito zappers to guard against diseases such as dengue and malaria.

Indian authorities release Oz equipment

Melbourne: After more than a week's wait, the training equipment belonging to the Australian contingent for the Delhi Games has finally been released by the Indian port authorities in Mumbai. According to a report in 'The Daily Telegraph', the container arrived at the port of Mumbai on September 6 but a shipping backlog meant that the delivery was delayed.

Indian origin player in Canadian squad

Ottawa: An Indian origin athlete and two silver medallists of the previous edition in Melbourne have been named in the 15-member Canadian weightlifting squad for next month's Games. Jasvir Singh, from Burnaby city in British Columbia, came from Punjab in India in 2002 and he is making his first Commonwealth Games appearance since earning his Canadian citizenship.

Village needs clean up: NZ top official

New Delhi: New Zealand Games Chef de Mission Dave Currie has given the Games Village a thumbs up but wants the block where the country's athletes will be put up to be cleaned up.

Currie has reported to New Zealand Olympic Committee that facilities in the residential block were good, but it was not clean enough.