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Cold showers won’t stop athletes going to Delhi

Sep 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, Sport


Anne Hare leads the field in the 1996 Olympic 5000m.

COLD showers will not stop athletes travelling to the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, says top-level Wellington athlete Anne Hare.

None of the reports describing uninhabitable accommodation at the Games village will affect the athletes’ preparation, says Anne, a Wellington Olympic middle-distance runner who represented New Zealand in the 1980s and ’90s.

“It’s not going to stop them training, but their main concern will be security,” she says.

“I would expect that the athletes will be well protected, especially in such a big event like this with going to and from the airport and also inside the village.”

Anne says as long as she had a bed, she personally would not be worried about the incomplete village for the Indian Commonwealth Games due start in 10 days.

“If you have trained all your life for this event, who cares what type of shower you have? The village can’t be that bad.”

The New Zealand Olympic Committee will decide tomorrow whether this country will compete in New Delhi or not.

Anne, a former Olympic Committee board member, says a report in the Dominion Post that she will be on the panel is not correct.

But she would be surprised if any country pulled out of the Commonwealth Games.

Having competed at three Commonwealth Games and in the final of the 5000 metres at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, she says negative publicity is typical of the build-up to big events.

The Olympics in Athens in 2004 and Beijing in 2008 were dogged by reports that venues would be incomplete.

“It’s happened so many times before, it’s like déjà vu.”

She likens the athletes’ village to airport security in the United States. “No-one is able to get into the village.”

Earlier this year, Anne and husband Chris Hare took their two children to the US to revisit the scene of some of her 90s running triumphs.

She re-ran races where she still holds the record times, including the Buffalo Four Miler in New York state (see video).

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