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Athletes get noisy at Games
- Updated: October 1, 2010
The first two vuvuzelas were spotted ÔÇô and heard ÔÇô in the athletes village at the Commonwealth Games here yesterday. And they didn’t even belong to South Africans.
Two athletes from the Cook Islands carried the instrument that was a theme of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and they weren’t afraid to blow them. Clearly they are either loved ÔÇô or loathed ÔÇô around the globe.
The news for the rest of the athletes village, and seemingly the Games itself, is that there is going to be a lot more noise coming from block 22, an eight-storey high apartment building that houses the 147 South Africans competing from 3-14 October.
There are bags of vuvuzelas that haven’t been opened yet, but are designed to be carried and blown by Team SA in the main stadium in Sunday’s opening ceremony. Given the controversy over the vuvuzela ÔÇô they’re banned at rugby grounds like Newlands in South Africa, as well as at English Premier League soccer games ÔÇô once the vuvuzelas start up, there could be some interesting moments in the village.
One of the reasons is that the country occupying the apartments right next to South Africa is arch-rivals Australia. Let the fun and Games begin!