Dehli will be ready for the CWG

On a live interview (from New York!) with the BBC, India’s Foreign Affairs Minister SM Krishna has said that the Delhi Commonwealth Games will meet international standards, despite safety concerns following on from the last few days events (collapsed ceilings, athletes withdrawing etc).

Mr Krishna said:

“We will see to it that the Commonwealth Games are conducted according to international standards, and the athletes who come to participate in these Games will feel quite happy about their conditions.

“We will be able to deliver on the Commonwealth Games and it will be one of the most successful Games that the Commonwealth will have undertaken.”

But is Mr Krishna’s word enough? The Scottish team have said that they will not travel until the site is secure, the English and Welsh teams have both not made a decision yet and the Canadian team will not travel until their accommodation is ready for their arrival. Time is running out Dehli! Athletes are to begin arriving from today (Thursday).

Is the poor security and facilities due to the lack of interest in the Games? BBC reports that the ticket sales have been poor..

Ticket sales have been disappointing and the cost of hosting the largest sporting event in the country’s history has soared, making it the most expensive Games in history, with estimates ranging from $3bn to more than $10bn, as organisers attempt to complete work which only began in 2008.

The picture featured at the bottom of the article is interesting, showing which sites are fully built and those to be completed.

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