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Last Updated: Tuesday September 21 2010 15:48 GMT

Doubts over Delhi's preparation for Commonwealth Games

Is Delhi ready for the Games?

There are big worries over whether Delhi in India is ready to host next month's Commonwealth Games.

Some officials who've arrived at the Games village have found accommodation dirty and smelly. Some countries are threatening to pull out of the Games.

New Zealand team leader Dave Currie said toilets were leaking and didn't flush and debris was left in bathrooms.

And on Tuesday at least 23 people were hurt after a footbridge near the Games' main stadium collapsed.

The athletes' village is due to officially open on Thursday and it's expected to be home to 7,000 sportsmen and women during the Games.

Urgent work

Collapsed footbridge near Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi, India
The collapsed footbridge near the Games' main stadium

But the England team have said that urgent work needs to be done and Scottish officials described the flats they were given as "unsafe and unfit for human habitation".

Several countries have said they'd rather put their athletes in hotels - and there are even suggestions from New Zealand's Dave Currie that the Games might have to be cancelled if conditions don't improve.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Michael Fennell has written to the Indian government to express his concern about the situation.

Organisers have insisted that hygiene levels at the athletes' village would be upgraded to meet expectations.

The Games are due to begin on 3 October.