15 Oct 2010

Delhi a success says Games boss

11:47 am on 15 October 2010

The Commonwealth Games chief Mike Fennell has hailed Delhi 2010 a success despite the event getting off to a troubled start.

The Games overcame concerns on security and infrastructure to end with a lively closing ceremony, as the hosts' mantle was officially passed to Glasgow 2014.

Fennell says Delhi has performed, the competition has gone well, the venues were of a high standard and the athletes are happy.

He says they had to deal with a number of issues but the end result has been good.

There were serious problems with the athletes' village and certain venues, while other setbacks included a collapsed pedestrian footbridge, ticketing confusion, poor crowds and big-name withdrawals.

But Fennell maintains that Delhi deserved the chance to stage its first multi-sport event since the 1982 Asian Games and insists it has proved a worthy host.