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Athletes with cultural artists at the Games Village
Wales delighted with the Games Village

NEW DELHI: Wales chef de mission Mr. Chris Jenkins today said he is impressed with the transition that has happened at the Commonwealth Games Village.  "I am really quite impressed with the transition," Jenkins said.

"I had come here two weeks ago and thing were really quite chaotic. But the athletes who came here three days ago are absolutely delighted with the residential wings and also the training facilities. The food is also quite good. The venues are outstanding and we are really looking forward to competing there," he added.

The team is hoping to double their gold count at the Games and according to team manager Mr. Brian Davies, Wales would look to at least double their haul of three gold medals won at the previous Games at Melbourne.

Wales has come in with about 150 athletes who will participate in Archery, Badminton, Lawn Bowls, Wrestling, Women's Hockey, Shooting and Table Tennis.

Wales first took part in the Commonwealth Games (then the British Empire Games) in the inaugural 1930 edition and has since taken part in all the editions.

Their best showing came in the Auckland Games in 1990 where they finished with a haul of 25 medals including 10 gold. In Melbourne, Wales bagged 19 medals but only three of them were gold.

One of those hoping to add to this tally is Melbourne gold medallist shooter David Phelps.

According to him, representing Wales in the Commonwealth Games was always preferable to representing Britain since the Commonwealth Games is the only competition where Wales represents itself as a country. - PTI