A party of 64 athletes and officials flew out of Barbados this evening for Glasgow, Scotland, to take part in the 20th Commonwealth Games which run from July 23 to August 3.
Those leaving the island included participants in athletics, badminton, cycling, judo, boxing, netball, swimming, shooting, triathlon, table tennis and weightlifting. The rugby team is already in Scotland and will meet up with the arriving Barbados contingent at Gatwick Airport.
Assistant manager Gail Craig-Archer told Barbados TODAY the team members were physically and mentally prepared for the Games. She added the younger members of the squad were especially looking forward to the challenge since many of them had never before competed at a multi-sport event such as the Commonwealth Games.
Former 110m hurdles world champion and medal hope, Ryan Brathwaite, told Barbados TODAY this was his first Commonwealth Games and he was excited about the event. He said he and coach Alwyn Babb had a plan and had discussed what was needed to be successful at the Games.
Brathwaite said he had not done a lot of running this year and knew there would be tough competition ahead. However, he stressed he intended to show Barbadians that he was very much back and a contender to do well in Glasgow.
Barbados are heading to Glasgow amid reports that there has been an increase in the suspected norovirus outbreak at the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village. Yesterday there were reports of 12 cases and today the NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said the number of workers suffering from the outbreak of the diarrhoea and vomiting bug had risen to 32.
But doctors said none of the infected staff were giving cause for concern.
In a statement, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde said: “Twenty additional members of the workforce at the Commonwealth Games Village have been reported as experiencing mild gastrointestinal symptoms.”
The opening ceremony for Glasgow 2014 takes place at Celtic Park on July 23.