Team Scotland’s presence in the Athletes’ Village was given a further boost today as the Boxing, Rugby 7s and Wrestling teams touched down in Delhi.
The three sports were originally scheduled to leave Scotland last Thursday and would have been the first of the Scottish athletes to arrive in Delhi, but due to last week’s concern over the readiness of the Village, Commonwealth Games Scotland took the difficult decision to reschedule their travel plans.
However, at 1100 hours local time and after a 120 hour delay, the boxers, rugby players and wrestlers excitedly made their entrance to the Athletes’ Village.
24 year old freestyle wrestler Tracey Connell, from Falkirk said: “I’m really thrilled to finally be in Delhi after the delayed departure, and looking forward to getting started with training. We’ve explored some of the Athletes’ Village and so far everything looks great, and I’m especially excited about the on-site training venue. It has four mats, more than what we’re used to and on site scales and free drinks which we don’t get back home.”
The new arrivals were welcomed to the Village by Team Scotland Chef de Mission Jon Doig and members of the General Management Team. They were given a quick tour of the Village before dining at the catering facilities and checking out their accommodation for the first time.
Andrew Turnbull, top try scorer for the Scotland 7s squad, said on his arrival: “We didn’t come expecting five star accommodation. Our apartments are really nice and the food is good so we have no complaints.”
Super Heavyweight boxer Ross Henderson continued: “The whole Team is buzzing and it’s great here. The facilities are comfortable and well up to standard so the whole team is happy”.
The next Scottish athletes and officials to arrive in Delhi are the 27 members of Team Scotland’s Swimming squad, who will fly in from a holding camp in Doha tomorrow (Thursday).