Monday, September 27, 2010

Commonwealth Village 'Ready By Wednesday'

India says the athletes' accommodation for the Commonwealth Games will be ready by Wednesday despite a weekend of further mishaps.

With another 20 teams arriving in Delhi today, at least 150 flats are still not considered fit for habitation.

At the weekend a snake was reported to have been found in one room and a boxer's bed collapsed in another.

Some 20 athletes have pulled out of the Games amid health concerns and security fears.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the Village, where 8,000 athletes from 71 nations will stay during the event, will be ready by Wednesday.

"We inherited a very difficult situation but it's improving almost by the hour," she said.

"Everybody has been told to work double time and we will do it."

Sky's Ashish Joshi, in Delhi, said the Welsh team were "very happy" with the accommodation and positive noises had been made by other nations.

The English team is moving into the Village today after spending the weekend in a hotel and accepted it was getting "three-star accommodation" rather than five-star.

"Now is a crucial time for Delhi," Joshi said.

"This is when the test will be as athletes from around the world put great strain on the infrastructure. We all hope it's going to hold together."

The Games are due to start on October 3.

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