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Northen Ireland confirm participation in CWG

Good news continue to flow the crisis-hit Commonwealth Games way with Northern Ireland confirming their participation in the event, starting October 3.

world Updated: Sep 25, 2010 09:59 IST

Good news continue to flow the crisis-hit Commonwealth Games way with Northern Ireland confirming their participation in the event, starting October 3.

The Board members of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games Council met on Friday and "endorsed the team's
attendance at the Games" after seeing progress being made by the organisers to improve conditions at Village.

"This decision was based upon the most recent information supplied by the Council's representatives in India together
with their recommendation," NICGC said in a statement.

"Assurances have been received that the athletes' village will be in suitable condition to host the Northern Ireland
team when they arrive on Tuesday 28th. Based upon these assurances, the Council is pleased to endorse the decision
that the team will depart for Delhi as planned," it added.

The council also said that sporting event is a chance for Northern Ireland's athletes to perform on the international
stage and every effort has been made to ensure that this opportunity is grasped.

"The recent events have caused alarm and created difficulties for many of the competing nations but our focus is now on the presentation of Team Northern Ireland at the Games," the council said.

Australia, New Zealand and Wales have also confirmed their participation in the Games, the build-up of which has
been marred by various problems ranging from an attack on a tourist bus and shoddy preparations.

Northern Ireland's Chef de mission Robert McVeigh expressed satisfaction at the progress the oraganisers have
made ever since the filthy conditions at the Village came to light.

"The initial impression from our officials was good regarding the international zone, the dining area and the
food. Transport lanes are in place and they had a brief look at the accommodation in tower block three which looked
acceptable, but needed a really good clean-up.

"What they have done is they have brought in managers from five star hotels to supervise cleaning teams," he said.