First Scots Await Their Fate

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Byline: JOHN GREECHAN

SCOTLAND'S first competitors -- the rugby, wrestling and boxing teams -- are due to leave Glasgow Airport on an Emirates flight at 2.15 tomorrow afternoon. Unless, that is, they get an early-morning phone call today.

The Commonwealth Games Scotland board were in discussions until late last night, trying to decide whether it is worth sending out even a handful of athletes when the entire Games hang in the balance. Key to their thinking will have been the input of Team Scotland chef de mission Jon Doig, our man on the ground in Delhi. Unfortunately, he won't get another look at the athletes' village -- the key sticking point -- until today. If the organising committee keep their latest promise. Admitting that the Scots are approaching a point of no return, Doig said: 'We know the departure time and we're working backwards from that, looking at when the last possible time (for a call-off) would be.

'We are currently not in the village due to a security lockdown day. None of us can go in while it is forensically swept. But we've been on site yesterday and we hope to go back when they finish the sweep. 'We've got to set up our residential tower to make it liveable and also pass the necessary health and safety checks before any athletes can come in. …