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Grazed knee, Delhi Belly and blocked loos

An Indian worker cleans the pool
Highly-polished poolside marble and size 11 feet are not the best mix

SPORT WALES EXTRA
By Gareth Rhys Owen
BBC Sport Wales in Delhi

Life as a clumsy person isn't easy.

For starters I hurt myself on regular occasions. Secondly, and perhaps more frustratingly, my clumsiness is cited by others as the cause of every mishap even when it isn't of my own making.

So when I slipped at the bottom of the steps of the swimming complex, my colleagues naturally assumed my injured knee was down to that faulty connection between my body and my brain. But this time they were wrong.

The steps to the poolside are barely large enough to fit a trotter let alone my size 11s. And to impress the foreign media the marble floors are polished every half hour or so.

India has put a lot of effort into creating a positive impression on their foreign guests. And the India they want us to remember is that of the opening ceremony: A proud, glitzy global superpower

Not a nation where hundreds of millions of people live in poverty

The effort to remove temporarily some less appealing aspects of Delhi appears to have been a relative success. We'd been here almost a week before seeing our first beggar. And even then we were whisked away from the scene before he could get anywhere near us.

Becky James

James wins sprint silver for Wales

Days after the opening ceremony, the local media still focused on its success, conveniently ignoring the fact that the Games themselves have been held in front of just a handful of people.

More journalists than spectators witnessed Abergavenny's Becky James' medal successes in the velodrome.

I asked an Indian colleague if these empty seats were a sign of a general apathy towards the Games.

He simply pointed to the TV screen showing the test match between India and Australia in Mohali being played in front of a half-empty stadium.

If cricket doesn't sell out here what hope for sports such as cycling or gymnastics where India has very little chance of success?

Tickets can be brought for as little as £1.50 but even this price is out of many people's price range.

The obvious solution would be to allow the masses to enjoy the games free

But the danger is that we would see even more of the India that has been so carefully hidden.

Wednesday wasn't my greatest day of the games. As athletes competed across the city I was stuck in my hotel room having been struck down by a case of the dreaded Delhi Belly

I'd joked in the build-up to the games that a bit of sickness would be a good way of shedding a couple of pounds. I take that back, as the last 24 hours have been miserable

I'm not the only one to have suffered. Most of the swimmers complained of some sort of illness. A situation that wasn't helped by the fact that the competitors' toilets were blocked at the pool.

Neath's Tom Haffield was critical of the situation. Olympic gold medallist Adrian Moorehouse told me he wouldn't want to be competing in such a environment

A grazed knee and an illness within the first few days of the Games. But I promise, neither was my fault.



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