.....NZ questions if New Delhi Games will go ahead
David Bond's Blog
Several big-name athletes have already pulled out of the Games, with England's world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu and Australia's discus world champion Dani Samuels withdrawing earlier this week over health and security concerns.
On Thursday, New Zealand became the third major nation to announce they would not be sending athletes as scheduled to Delhi.
The president of the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC), Mike Stanley, said: "It's tremendously disappointing. The long list of outstanding issues has made it clear the village will now not be ready for New Zealand athletes to move in as planned."
However, Team England's chef de mission Craig Hunter is optimistic the problems will come together at the last minute "like an Indian wedding".
"We looked in some towers where, even [on Thursday], with countries supposed to be moving in, there's no plaster on the walls, they are deep in water and extremely uninhabitable and quite dangerous in many respects," he stated.
"We are in good shape, but what we are demanding is that all nations are treated equally.
"I've always said this event will be like an Indian wedding and it will be ready just before the bride arrives.
A dirty sink in a bathroom at the athletes' village
"The rains are quite unbelievable, the amount of rain that can fall in a very short space of time is quite incredible and at times we are waterlogged.
"Now we're really struggling and having jokes about how we're going to surf down from our accommodation to the dining room because there's so much water."
England's world champion teenage diver Tom Daley has confirmed he will be going to the Games unless told otherwise by team officials.
The 16-year-old, who won the 10m platform world title in Rome last year, said: "As long as England are going then I'll be going.
"As long as they are sending a team I am willing to go because I trust them and I really want to compete in the Commonwealth Games. The only thing I can do now is concentrate on my preparation."
Delhi has had seven years to prepare for the Games.
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