A Delhi Disaster as Athletes Cool on Games Trip

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A Delhi Disaster as Athletes Cool on Games Trip


THE Common-wealth Games are in danger of being called off after a spectator bridge fell down, the athletes' village was described as unfit for human habitation and at least two highprofile English competitors withdrew within minutes of each other.

Sportsmail understands that the England team will decide whether to compete in Delhi in the next 24 hours, depending on what reassurances over health and safety they receive from the organisers.

If England pull out, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are almost certain to emulate them and the 19th Games are likely to be cancelled.

Scottish officials found their original accommodation to be 'unsafe and unfit for human habitation', leading Northern Ireland official Robert McVeigh to admit: 'We do [have concerns] when we receive reports like these.

'We have two people heading out there today and we will know more soon.' If they go ahead they will do so without Christine Ohuruogu, the Olympic 400 metres champion, who pulled out last night. She claimed that she felt cramp in training, adding that she didn't want to risk aggravating her troublesome leg injury.

'I am disappointed to miss the Games after working so hard to get fit. Intense competition over three days may compromise the long-term functioning of my quad with London 2012 on the horizon.' Lisa Dobriskey, the reigning Commonwealth 1,500m champion, also withdrew saying she 'ran out of time' after a season blighted by a back problem.

Phillips Idowu is 'pondering' whether to defend his triple jump title, after initial reports suggested he had already decided not to travel to India.

His agent Ricky Simms said: 'I spoke to Phillips today and he told me he was considering whether to go or not, but no official decision has been made.

'My advice to him was to wait until the hype dies down.

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