25 Sep 2010

Northern Ireland to send athletes to Delhi games

8:53 am on 25 September 2010

Northern Ireland have followed England, Wales and Scotland in giving their athletes approval to travel to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

After days of negative publicity over the poor state of the athletes' village and fears over health and security issues, Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games Council confirmed they were satisfied conditions had improved sufficiently.

The statement says they had been given assurances by local organisers that the athletes' village would be ready when the Northern Ireland team arrive on Tuesday.

English and Welsh athletes have already begun arriving in India after their initially-concerned officials gave the go-ahead while Scotland also declared that they were satisfied.