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Australias first Commonwealth Games athletes, who arrived in Delhi this morning, have said that they have come with an open mind despite security concerns, and added that they were looking forward to compete in the event and clarify all doubts regarding the gloomy accommodation reports themselves.


New Delhi, Sept 27 : Australia's first Commonwealth Games athletes, who arrived in Delhi this morning, have said that they have come with an open mind despite security concerns, and added that they were "looking forward" to compete in the event and clarify all doubts regarding the gloomy accommodation reports themselves.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted first-time competitor Brett Wilkie, as saying that the Australian Commonwealth Games Association had already informed them about the concerns but they were looking forward to having a good experience at the event.

"We've been pretty well informed by the Australian Commonwealth Games Association and the bowls team has been here before in April so we're looking forward to it. Who'd have thought lawn bowls would lead Australia into battle?" first-time competitor Wilkie added.

Lynsey Armitage, a 2006 Games gold medallist, said that the competitors were also keen to see their accommodation, especially after receiving gloomy reports about the arrangements.

"We've heard reports but we'd like to see for ourselves. We're going in without expectations and what we see is what we get. There's a fair bit of pressure, but we're pretty confident," Armitage claimed.

Australia's athletes will continue to arrive in the coming days, with netball and gymnastics competitors due to arrive later today, the paper reports.

Three Australians, cyclist Travis Meyer, table tennis player Stephanie Sang and discus world champion Dani Samuels had earlier pulled out of the event due to safety and health worries.

Earlier, South Africa's High Commissioner to India, Harris Majeke, confirmed that a snake was found in the room of an athlete at the Games village.

"That was really a threat to the lives of our athletes. When everything [the clean up is done, then we will ask our teams to come," he added.

About 150 rooms meant for athletes are reportedly uninhabitable.

Meanwhile, Lalit Bhanot, secretary general of the Games organising committee said that there has been negligence on the part of the labourers in keeping the accommodation clean.

"Labourers have done a very bad job. They had spit 'paan' on the walls, stains of which are almost irremovable. We are identifying rooms which are dirty and shutting them down. But we have adequate rooms so there is nothing to worry about," Bhanot added.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, however, has assured that about 600 flats will be ready for accommodation by Monday and everything else will be completed by Wednesday.

ANI

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