24 Sep 2010

England teams staying in Delhi hotel for now

10:59 pm on 24 September 2010

England has become the first overseas team to arrive in Delhi for the Commonwealth Games.

There has been concern over sub-standard accommodation for athletes at the Games Village, security and infrastructure problems, and health worries due to an outbreak of dengue fever.

The men's hockey and the bowls teams arrived on Friday but will be staying at a hotel rather than the Games Village until they are satisfied that the athletes' accommodation is clean and ready.

Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell inspected the Games Village on Friday and said that there had been a considerable improvement, but work needed to continue with the utmost urgency.

The BBC reports the Games are going ahead, but the president of Australia's Olympic Committee, John Coates, says that Delhi should never have been given them in the first place.

Nevertheless, Australian Commonwealth Games officials said that having visited the Games Village on Friday, their team were "quite happy" with the accommodation and would move in on Monday.

India's Minister for Urban Development Jaipal Reddy has given a guarantee that the athletes' village will be ready in time. The Games are scheduled to begin on 3 October.