Games Village 'very good' but needs clean up: NZ top official

Currie, here to check the progress, has reported back to New Zealand Olympic Committee that facilities in Tower 32, the residential block in the Village where the team will be housed, were good, but it was not clean enough.

"Aspects of the village are very good. The athlete recreational and training areas are outstanding and the dining hall is of a very high standard," Currie was quoted as saying by 'New Zealand Herald'.

"In saying that, however, our tower needs a good clean before we can operationalise it," he said.

The safety of the athletes has been NZOC's top priority and Currie said security measures around the perimeter of the Games Village appeared robust.

Currie was working with officials from Wales, England, Canada and Australian teams. His focus was on the Games Village while other officials checked the progress on venues.
"I've been told that the venues appear to be operational and in pretty good shape," Currie said.

He said the mosquito-enticing pools of water at venues is a major cause for concern with the mega event scheduled to start in less than a fortnight.

"The unseasonably late monsoons mean there are still pools of water around and this is a focus for organisers. There is still some preparation work needed to be done on the main stadium," he said.

Weightlifting coach Richard Dryden said that as long "as the platform is solid and the training room is expansive" they could work anywhere.

"It might take until the last-minute, but it will happen," Dryden said of Delhi's readiness.

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