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Jersey delay departure to Commonwealth Games in Delhi

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Team Jersey have delayed their departure to the Commonwealth Games because of ongoing concerns about the facilities in Delhi.

The team will now travel to India on Tuesday, 28 September, a week later than planned.

Jersey's Commonwealth Games secretary Alan Cross said: "This decision has been made in the interests of the health, safety and security."

Channel Island neighbours Guernsey will decide on Friday when they will depart.

Jersey and Guernsey are among several teams to raise concerns about the quality of accommodation at the athletes village.

Scottish officials found their original accommodation to be "unsafe and unfit for human habitation".

Wales have given organisers a Wednesday night deadline to confirm all venues are fit for purpose, while England say the situation is on a "knife-edge".

The games run from 3-14 October and athletes are due to arrive in India this week.

If the 33-strong Jersey team do travel to Delhi, they will be staying in a different tower block after the one they were originally allocated was deemed unfit for habitation.

Jersey's team manager Paul Huddleston is currently on site in Delhi and will continue to monitor the situation prior to the team's departure.

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