28 Sep 2010

Steady stream of NZ Games athletes settling in

7:01 pm on 28 September 2010

New Zealand's chef de mission at the Commonwealth Games says a steady stream of athletes is arriving in Delhi and settling in at the accommodation village.

Dave Currie says the bowlers, archers and boxers have arrived and many are heading directly to training.

The gymnasts, weightlifters, synchronised swimmers, badminton players and some of the athletics team will arrive over the next 24 hours.

Mr Currie says conditions in the New Zealand part of the village are improving and he is especially impressed with the dining areas, which are provided by an international company.

He says the ban on athletes travelling outside the secured area for the Games remains.

Indian officials say a fifth of the rooms at the village are still not ready, but Delhi's chief minister, Sheila Dikshit, says they're pulling out all the stops to ensure they finish on time.

The Games open on 3 October.