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Wales green light for Games trip

Security guards man the road overlooking the athletes village
Security guards man the road overlooking the athletes village

Team Wales have confirmed that they are attending the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, despite safety concerns.

Delhi 2010 organising committee have told the Commonwealth Games Federation that the venues and athletes village are fit for purpose.

Pictures of some of the accommodation have shown dirty bathrooms, animal prints on beds and bare wire.

"We are confident in the assurances that have been provided," a Team Wales statement said.

"The advance party will now be moving into our accommodation and we look forward to welcoming our athletes in the coming days."

Most Welsh athletes are due to fly out on Saturday for the Games which are to take place from 3 to 14 October.

In the last week, two Taiwanese tourists were injured after gunmen on a motorcycle opened fire on a bus in Delhi, a pedestrian footbridge to the centrepiece Jawaharlal Nehru stadium has collapsed, injuring 23 people, and part of a false ceiling at a weightlifting sports venue fell down.

Scotland, Canada and New Zealand have already delayed their departures.

On Tuesday - before the ceiling collapse - Welsh team's chef de mission Chris Jenkins Jenkins, told BBC Sport Wales they had previously lodged a formal complaint over conditions at the athletes' village but expected to be able to move in on Wednesday having seen improvement.

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"We've been working… with a team of contractors and tradesmen through the last few days to get it ready," Jenkins said.

"Our tower block is pretty much ready to go, it's in a good state now. It's clean, the plumbing's working, the wiring's working, the electric is working, the air conditioning works, the medical clinic is pretty much set up.

"Some of the other countries who were out here early are in a similar position. There's still work to be done but it's not too bad.

"The point we were raising with the… organising committee was in a few days' time lots of other countries are going to arrive with their athletes facing a village that is behind schedule.

"But having seen the amount of difference they made to our tower block over two to three days, they can do that and are geared up massively.

"They should be able to do it, they have enough time but time is running out, they've got to start now on these towers."

Sport Wales' statement on Wednesday read: "The health and safety of our team has always been our top priority - which is why we've been so desperate to resolve the issues in the Games Village. See photographs of some accommodation here (web only)



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see also
Photographs expose Delhi concerns
23 Sep 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Athletes' village photos
23 Sep 10 |  Commonwealth Games
England to stick with Games plans
22 Sep 10 |  Commonwealth Games
British teams raise Delhi doubts
21 Sep 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Aussie Samuels out of Delhi Games
21 Sep 10 |  Commonwealth Games
Delhi Games bridge collapse
21 Sep 10 |  South Asia
Delhi Games village 'will be ready'
21 Sep 10 |  South Asia
Wales raises 2010 Games concerns
07 Mar 09 |  Commonwealth Games
Commonwealth Team Wales 2010
15 Oct 10 |  Wales


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