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The Welsh Commonwealth Games team visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London on Friday 24 September 2010. The team managers had already visited the Mandir in July and were keen for the athletes to experience the serenity and spiritual ambience of the Mandir. The visit followed that of Team England during the Community Open Days on the weekend of 11 and 12 September 2010.
The Welsh team were scheduled to fly out to India on the same day. However, they departed from their Cardiff headquarters early in order to fit in the Mandir tour. The team of 26 athletes and managers all took part in the abhishek ceremony and enjoyed the darshan of the murtis. After a brief team meeting, their tour finished with traditional snacks and refreshments.
Team manager Mike Delaney expressed his joy by saying, “Every time we have come to the temple, we have received wonderful hospitality and the opportunity to grace a most beautiful building of God. All of us will visit the Akshardham Temple [situated opposite the Commenwealth Village] during or after the games.”