'Mistake' to let India host Games

  • <span class=""Apple-style-span"">Australia's Olympic Committee president has said the Commonwealth Games should not have been awarded to Delhi.</span>

    John Coates said the Commonwealth Games Federation lacked the resources to monitor progress and to ensure that construction deadlines were met.

    England have become the first overseas team to reach Delhi, but other nations have delayed their arrivals.

    A New Zealand cyclist is the ninth athlete to pull out because of health and safety fears.
    Greg Henderson, who has won four medals at previous Games, cancelled on Friday, citing concerns over the state of facilities - a day after four British cyclists withdrew from the 3-14 October competition.

    On Thursday, the BBC obtained pictures showing flooding, leaking toilets, dirty bathrooms, incomplete apartments and paw prints on beds in the athletes' village.
    "The problem is the Commonwealth Games Federation is under-resourced. It doesn't have the ability to monitor the progress of cities in the way the [International] Olympic Committee does."