Australians, Kenyans happy with Games Village

"It is an excellent Village. Steve Moneghetti, former marathon gold medallist, who is chef de mission, told the Australian media today in 25 years of living in a Village, this is as good as he has ever seen," Australian Press Attache John Gatfield told PTI.

The first batch of the Australian athletes for the Delhi Games arrived here in the wee hours today and came to the Games Village.Australia's lawn bowl squad have arrived and later today, their netball and gymnastics teams will also join them.

Gatfield, after taking a round of the Village said, "The team was very happy and rooms were very spacious. Excellent food, excellent facilities, he (Moneghetti) is very happy. The team is very happy."

Asked about the fear of a dengue epidemic, he said, "All fears taken care of. No mosquitoes. If you are sensible, you will not get any fever."

Meanwhile, chef de mission of Kenya Jonathan Koskei also echoed Gatfield's opinion.
"We have participated in such Games in other countries also. The facilities are poorer (than here) in many other countries. We are happy with the facilities, that is why we are here," Koskei told PTI.

Asked about the reported filthiness in some corners of the Village, The Kenyan said, "They are improving hour by hour. The training venues are on and we are practicing there."
"The Village is also OK. The Games will go on," he said with the with a thumbs up sign.
The Village has already come in for sharp criticism for what some delegates have termed as unhygienic condition.

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