New Zealand Confirms Participation in CWG

By Amandeep Kaur

Auckland, Sep 25 (IANS) The New Zealand Olympic Committee has announced that its team would attend the Oct 3-14 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi.

The country's delegation, which looked into the situation at the Games' Village in New Delhi and also took stock of the safety measures for the athletes, gave its approval Friday night.

New Zealand had earlier said it would take a decision on participating in the CWG Saturday.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell Friday said that the conditions at the Games village had greatly improved but added that the clean-up work should continue urgently.

A New Zealand official had earlier said: "Our responsibility is to ensure there is a safe environment for athletes to arrive in but we want the games to go ahead as do athletes who have trained for a long time."

New Zealand road cyclist Greg Henderson Friday pulled out of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, citing health and security fears.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key had also said that he would support any athlete who decides not to participate in the Commonwealth Games.

The prime minister had stressed that it was up to the New Zealand Olympic Committee to decide whether or not to send a team.


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