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Athletes bid adieu to the Games Village

The atmosphere at the Commonwealth Games Village was filled with nostalgia, a day after the sporting extravaganza came to an end.
Having spent more than a fortnight together, it is time for over 7,000 athletes to bid good bye to each other.
While a few have already flown out to their respective countries, others are busy packing up. The Village has been a cultural and social milieu for the athletes.
"India is really great. I came to know about the rich culture and heritage the country has. I am really going to miss it all," said Jonathan, an athlete from the Isle of Man.
For Kastro, an athlete from Bahamas the stay was something to cherish for lifelong. “I did not know that I would make such good friends here. I had a wonderful stay here and also a little pain in my heart for leaving such a nice place."
Athletes were all praises for the food served to them and really enjoyed their excursions in and around Delhi.
"I visited Agra and Jaipur during my stay here. I got a chance to understand your country. I must say it is awesome. The food is superb. I have also bought a cookery book to improve my wife's culinary skills," said an athlete from the Norfolk Islands.

 Parathas and Pastas had been the favourite amongst the international athletes and on an average day, 600 Parathas were being consumed by the residents at the facility.
Traditional Indian attires like Sarees, Kurta Pyjamas and other Indian souvenirs were a hit amongst the athletes, being brought in record numbers from the handicraft stores in the Village.
"Due to my hectic competitions schedule, I could not go out for shopping. But I have purchased Sarees and some other items for my friends and relatives," said Rashique, athlete from Bangladesh.
The Games Village saw an amalgamation of people drawn from 71 nations and territories.
For many, the grand dining hall has been a hub for socialising and interacting with many others. "I made most of my friends while eating at the dining table. The food was awesome and I thank all for organising such a good Games,” said an athlete from South Africa.

Athletes and international delegates befriended the security personnel and volunteers posted here for assistance.
"Policemen here are so friendly. Though I was a little irritated with the security checks and frisking at all the gates, but later I started enjoying it," said Jemima, a Kenyan athlete.

"We have delivered wonderful Games. I am confident that athletes and visitors must have enjoyed their stay here. We created a world class infrastructure and gave them classic services. I am a happy and relieved man now," said Mr. Dalbir Singh, Mayor of the Games Village.