Davis plans to pedal on at games
BUNDABERG cyclist Allan Davis admits he is concerned at conditions in the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village in Delhi, but he is still committed to attending the event and competing for Australia.
As athletes from across the Commonwealth began to arrive in the village this week, Mr Davis said he would continue to assess the situation.
The Commonwealth Games were put in doubt last week after officials from competing countries banned conditions in the athletes’ village as “uninhabitable”.
Concerns include filthy facilities, clouds of dengue fever-carrying mosquitoes from standing water left by monsoonal rains and stray dogs and other animals wandering around the facility as well as the possibility of a terrorist attack.
A South African competitor found a cobra in a room allocated to his team this week.
But when he was last contacted Mr Davis said that, at this stage, he would be going to the Games.
“I have been talking and getting email from officials from the Australian team and it all looks good to go,” he said.
Mr Davis said he was concerned about both health and security issues.
“Of course I am worrying about all those issues, as we all do no matter where we are in the world,” he said.
“If the situation changes I will make an assessment again.”
Mr Davis is part of the road team scheduled to compete in Delhi on October 10.
Australian athletes have already begun arriving in the village, with the lawn bowlers moving in at the beginning of the week.
The gymnastics and netball teams have also arrived in Delhi.
Australian chef de mission Steve Moneghetti stuck with the team’s diplomatic line on Monday after spending his first night in the village, declaring the quarters “ready to go” as local staff work on the accommodation tower blocks.