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Games medallist Susan Egelstaff will trust Delhi advice

Susan Egelstaff
Egelstaff is due to travel to Delhi with the Scotland badminton squad

Commonwealth Games medallist Susan Egelstaff has concerns about the 2010 event but thinks Scottish athletes will head for Delhi if advised to do so.

Team Scotland were among several teams to voice concerns about the condition of athletes' accommodation on Tuesday.

"As long as the team management say it is safe to go, I trust their judgement," the 2002 and 2006 badminton bronze medallist told BBC Scotland.

"It's certainly a worry, but they are the ones who are in India."

News that Scottish officials considered their original accommodation to be "unsafe and unfit for human habitation" was quickly followed by the collapse of a bridge next to the main stadium, injuring up to 23 constructors.

And, in addition to England, Wales, New Zealand, Australia and Canada joining the Scots in expressing their concerns, Australia's world champion discus thrower, Dani Samuels, became the first athlete to withdraw citing health and safety problems.

Hopefully it is clean and that all our health is not in jeopardy

Team Scotland badminton player Susan Egelstaff

"I think all the athletes at home that are getting ready to head out in the next week or so will definitely be a bit worried," said Egelstaff.

"The fact that the Scotland team management are making these comments means that it must be pretty serious.

"I know they were quite conscious of not criticising anything to do with India, bearing in mind that Glasgow has the next games.

"They were going to go out of their way to be super-positive about India and the fact that they have come out and made these negative comments definitely means that they must be very real concerns."

However, Egelstaff said she was unlikely to follow the example of Samuels by making an individual decision not to travel.

"From my own point of view, I definitely would not consider that," she said.

"If they say it is safe to go, I think myself and most of the athletes will take their word for it and will just be ready to compete when our events start.

"I have every faith that, as long as they decide that the team should compete, the conditions will be manageable.

"I am pretty sure it won't be luxury, but the main thing is as long as it's clean and that seems to be the concern at the moment."

Egelstaff hopes that the Indian authorities will act to ensure that the hard work of thousands of athletes did not go to waste.

"They still have a week or so because the Games start, so hopefully people will be working day and night to get this sorted out and make it a good event for all the athletes," she said.

"This for some people is their only experience of a Commonwealth Games and it would be a shame if it was ruined by things like this.

"I know there's been a couple of reports suggesting that maybe there's a chance of the Games being cancelled and, to be honest, I don't think that will happen.

"Everyone can cope with basic living conditions - just hopefully it is clean and that all our health is not in jeopardy."

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