Johannesburg - Team South Africa arrived in New Delhi on Monday for the Commonwealth Games,
said South Africa's High Commissioner to India, Harris Majeke.
"We have been fortunate to have a clean bill of health. As a result we were
informed by the chef de mission that all our athletes will be participating in
the Commonwealth Games," he said in a statement.
"The first group arrived this morning and have been escorted to the hotel
which the organisers have temporarily prepared for them until they move the
Commonwealth Games village.
"The rest of the Team SA will arrive this (Monday) afternoon."
Over the weekend, a snake was found in a South African athlete's room in the
village. This followed widespread complaints earlier in the week of dirty and
unhygienic facilities, and the collapse of a pedestrian bridge leading to the
At the time, Majeke said South Africa's athletes would check into hotels if
their rooms were not ready when they arrived in India
"We have very grave concerns," he said. "If snakes are found we can’t ask our
teams to stay there."
However, he did not reiterate these concerns on Monday. Agence France-Presse
reported that athletes from Australia and England had moved into the village,
despite warnings that work was still unfinished, just days before the games
Majeke said on Monday that South Africa remained "optimistic" that India
would deliver a memorable Commonwealth Games.
"For South Africa, the Commonwealth Games symbolise the levelling and
unifying power of sport," he said.
"As a country that has just hosted the Fifa World Cup we wish India - South
Africa's friend for all seasons - success as hosts of this multisport
He said South Africa was looking forward to the Games and was confident Team
SA would represent the country with aplomb.
Majeke said that, according to the chef de mission, SA Sports Confederation
and Olympic Committee president Gideon Sam had instructed the team to compete
fairly and befriend athletes from other countries.
"He further stressed that TeamSA should boldly dominate and monopolise
"The implication is that (in) these Commonwealth Games, South Africa will
have the highest medal count. That said, South Africa wishes the other
participating teams all the best."