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Commonwealth Games in crisis

Organizers in Delhi given 48 hours to save event

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World team officials have given the Commonwealth Games organizers in Delhi 48 hours to address the deplorable standards of their facilities, threatening to pull the athletes out of the event. The ultimatum comes after a section of the ceiling in the weightlifting arena fell down and the athlete’s village was described by Commonwealth Games officials as “filthy” and “unfit for human occupation.” Commonwealth Games president Mike Fennell is due to arrive in Delhi tomorrow to speak with the Indian prime minister about saving the games and sparing India from international embarrassment. On Tuesday, 27 people were injured after a bridge that connected the athletes car park to the main stadium collapsed. Some high profile athletes like Usain Bolt and Sir Chris Hoy have opted out of the Games completely.

Guardian

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