TEAM South Africa’s 120-member team has started arriving in Kazan, Russia, as the countdown begins for the World Student Games.
After 30 hours of travelling, having connected through Dubai and Moscow, the
football, boxing and judo teams landed in Kazan in the early hours of yesterday morning.
They were welcomed at the airport by volunteers, who were waving flags and in a
jovial mood, before settling into their accommodation.
Banyana Banyana star Amanda Dlamini, who will represent the university women’s football team, said they were excited to be at the Games.
“As soon as we’ve settled in, I’m sure we can enjoy what this village has to offer, and we’re looking forward to the tournament as a team,” Dlamini said.
The athlete’s village, which houses more than 13 000 competitors from over 170 countries, comprises a multitude of facilities, including a fitness centre, bank, post office, cinema and a supermarket.
The residential zone has 28 buildings, in three clusters, ranging from nine to 15 stories.
“We’re finding the village great. I think it’s a very relaxed place, a very laid back environment where we can focus,” Dlamini said.
“I think it’s also lovely that we can share rooms with our teammates. That will be a platform for us, since there’s no TV, to discuss our games and how we’re finding our training.”
The first members of the SA team to arrive took a tour of the village on yesterday afternoon, to get a feel of their surroundings.
The flag raising ceremony will be held on Wednesday, with more members of the squad expected to arrive earlier in the day.
The programmes of some sporting codes will begin on Friday, and the Games will officially start with the Opening Ceremony on Saturday.