Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New Zealand officials arrive in Delhi to inspect facilities after complaints

New Zealand Olympic Committee officials have arrived in Delhi to inspect Commonwealth Games facilities and security after their team manager criticised the accommodation in place for athletes.

NZOC president Mike Stanley and secretary general Barry Maister set off for India following chef de mission Dave Currie''s disappointment at the state of the athletes' village.

Currie said on Monday the accommodation required "considerable work" before it would be habitable.

The New Zealand team were moved following their concerns over the cleanliness and amenities in their original housing, though Currie said in a NZOC statement on Wednesday there were still concerns.

"There is still a list of maintenance issues to be addressed," he said. "It's now up to the Commonwealth Games Federation and the Organising Committee to show us they can ready the village in time.

"We are working hard on behalf of our athletes."

Currie will show Stanley and Maister around the village later on Wednesday, while a security assessment will also be carried out.

The NZOC board are to meet in Auckland on Friday to discuss developments with the first New Zealand athletes for the October 3-14 Games due in the Indian capital on Saturday.

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