The president of the Commonwealth Games Federation

>> Saturday, September 25, 2010

After visiting gaming sites in Delhi, India Michael Fennell said many have taken the remaining problems.

But he said he was concerned about the safety of athletes and officials.

teams have complained of dirty and shoddy housing construction sites.

The chaos surrounding the preparations for the Games a "great damage" to the international image of India has made, Mr. Fennell said.

"People are questioning whether we should have gone to India," he added.

"I hope at the end of all this, India would have learned a great lesson, and will also be a lesson learned very nice to work with a country like India," the head of the Games, said.

All 71 countries will fully participate in the Olympics, he said.

Preparations for the event was marked by construction delays, corruption scandals, an outbreak of dengue, the collapse of a bridge near the main stadium and security fears.

The first British athletes - hockey and men's bowling team - in New Delhi on Friday, although they plan to stay in hotels until Monday, when the athletes' village must be ready.

Several participating countries have delayed their arrival to allow for problems after officials earlier this week escribed conditions in the village as uninhabitable.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, an emergency meeting on games late on Thursday. He was reviewing the preparations in the ministers, an official from his office on Saturday.

Sales of tickets for the event in New Delhi, was low and the cost of hosting the biggest sporting event in the history of India increased.

Become more expensive Commonwealth Games so far, with estimates ranging to over $ 10 billion ($ 6300).

Delhi has seven years to prepare, though they work very little was done until 2008.


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