Friday, September 24, 2010

Australia team to move to Games Village on September 27

Australian Commonwealth Games Chief, Perry Crosswhite, indicated here today that the Australian contingent would be ready to move into the Games Village on September 27.

He stated this after visiting the Games Village, where a massive clean-up operation is underway. "We were quite happy with the Village. We are happy to live there and we are looking forward to the Games," said Crosswhite.

A number of countries have sent advance teams to take stock of the situation on the ground following reports of housing compounds that were not ready.

With only nine days to go, security has been tightened in and around the venues, the Games Village as well as throughout the capital.

Sniffer dogs were deployed around the Games Village along with police who patrolled the facility.

Security concerns are also high on the list after two Taiwanese journalists were shot and wounded by unknown assailants at the weekend in Delhi.

The 2010 Commonwealth Games, which kicks off on October 3, is India's biggest sporting event since the 1982 Asian Games.

India is expecting about two million tourists in New Delhi for the Games, as well as about 10,000 athletes from 71 teams representing 54 Commonwealth member states.

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