delegates start arriving in Delhi, soft launch of Village Thursday
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 09:48:18 PM, IANS
The first batch of delegates from the 71 participating teams for
the 2010 Commonwealth Games have started arriving in the national
capital and will move into the Games Village Thursday.
The soft opening of the Games Village has been scheduled Thursday
when the delegates will get a feel of the state-of-the-art
Around 700 delegates, including chefs-de-mission, will be coming
for the Delegation Registration Meeting beginning Thursday.
Some of the delegates, who arrived Wednesday, have checked into
hotels and will be moving into the Village Thursday.
"We are ready to welcome the delegates. The work at the Games
Village is complete. The kitchen has started functioning from
Monday. The facilities at the village are excellent and they will
find their stay comfortable," Organising Committee vice chairman
Randhir Singh told IANS.
The kitchen, spread over 3,000 square km, is expected to serve
30,000 meals from Oct 3.
"There is a buzz around the city about the Commonwealth Games. The
hoardings and banners are being put on all main thoroughfares of
the city. The city wears a colourful look with rains making the
greenery lush and beautiful," he added.
With the delegates arriving in the city, tight security measures
were visible near the Village.
The taste of the tight security was felt by the residents in the
"No vehicle was allowed to go under the Akshardham flyover to
reach the I.P.Extension. They all had to take a detour to Vikas
Marg to reach there," said an exasperated resident.
Only vehicles with a Games label were allowed to use that stretch
of the road in front the Village.
The Organisers will take the media on a guided tour of the Village
The athletes will start arriving from Sep 23.
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