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Team SA safe and sound

By Mark Etheridge

Flight EK027 glided into Glasgow just past noon on Thursday with the bulk of Team South Africa’s 2014 Commonwealth Games squad on board.

Indeed, it’s high noon for the team as they bid to equal or improve on their fifth spot finish at the last Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, four years ago.

The team were bussed to the Athletes’ Village in Dalmarnock, on the east side of the Scottish city, where their medal campaign will come from.

The squad are housed in spanking new apartment blocks with an array of single and double rooms tailor made for the different codes.

Hugging the banks of the beautiful River Clyde, the village sees South Africa housed at the top of the main village in the street, in close proximity to Wales and England.

Just a javelin throw away from the SA accommodation is the looming figure of Celtic Park which will house the opening ceremony on Wednesday, 23 July.

There will certainly be South African participation in Friday’s Mandela Day celebrations in the city while the flag-raising ceremony featuring South Africa will be performed on Saturday afternoon.

Cycling will be one of the first codes that sees South African representation, starting on Thursday.

The Athlete’s Village also features ┬áa 24-hour dining hall, entertainment area, banking and forex facilities and pampering salon treatments.

Hopefully there’ll be many a South African feeling extra pampered after bringing home a medal for the green and gold army.

Picture: Wessel Oosthuizen/Saspa


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