10 Sep 2010

Sports Minister says Delhi will be fine

6:57 am on 10 September 2010

The Indian Sports Minister says athletes shouldn't let the outbreak of dengue fever or security concerns ruin their experience at next month's Commonwealth Games.

Manohar Singh Gill says the central and the Delhi state governments were doing their best to control the fever outbreak, which has so far claimed three lives since June.

While the organisers of next month's Games have, by and large, managed to convince participating nations about the security arrangements, the outbreak of dengue fever has come as a fresh headache for them.

Since June, nearly 1600 dengue cases have been reported and the number is rising every day.

Even the water body at the Games village was found breeding mosquitoes, prompting the organisers to double the number of hand-operated fogging machines in the area and releasing the mosquito-eating gambusia fish there.

The Games has also been hit with several high profile withdrawals, including multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt and Kenya's David Rudisha, who broke the 800 metres world record twice last month.