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Teams baulk on eve of Delhi games

Scotland have delayed the departure of their first wave of athletes to the Delhi Commonwealth Games amidst concerns about the standard of accommodation in the athletes’ village.
The collapse of a footbridge near the main stadium and a ceiling falling in the weightlifting arena have also contributed to an air of unreadiness surrounding what were supposed to be India’s showpiece games and the springboard for a 2020 Olympic bid.

Scotland have delayed the departure of their first wave of athletes to the Delhi Commonwealth Games amidst concerns about the standard of accommodation in the athletes’ village.
The collapse of a footbridge near the main stadium and a ceiling falling in the weightlifting arena have also contributed to an air of unreadiness surrounding what were supposed to be India’s showpiece games and the springboard for a 2020 Olympic bid.
There are no reports of problems with the hockey facilities, indeed the sport is probably in a better position than most as the hockey World Cup in March brought forward much of the work in and around the Major Dhyan Chand stadium. Hockey’s issues will most likely be centred on the village and wider concerns such as reports of Dengue fever and terrorism threats.
There was in fact a terrorist attack in Delhi on Sunday – a bus of Taiwanese tourists was shot at and there were two injuries.
But back, for the moment, to the village. SportsCampus reports the chairman of Commonwealth games Scotland, Michael Cavanagh as saying: “The board had made the decision to delay the departure of Team Scotland’s first party of 41 athlete and staff, involving boxing rugby 7s and wrestling.”
Scottish representatives had raised concerns about the cleanliness and readiness of their accommodation in New Delhi. The new apartments allocated to them do not meet standards of hygiene and need serious cleaning and maintenance and were described as “unsafe and unfit for human habitation” by the Scotland’s Commonwealth Games team.
Cavanagh went on to say: “By delaying the arrival of our athletes by a few days, we hope to give the Delhi 2010 organising committee the necessary time to address the concerns that have been raised by both the Commonwealth Games Federation and the countries which arrived early.”
Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell and Chief Executive, Mike Hooper have also raised concerns with the Delhi Games Organizing Committee over the state of readiness of the Games Village.

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