Canada reviewing CWG situation, delays athletes' departure

Canada reviewing CWG situation, delays athletes' departure

Canadian Broadcaster CBC said Canadian Commonwealth Games officials are monitoring the situation and will decide whether athletes from their country should go to Delhi.
"We have to review that in the next couple of days, and we're keeping a very close pulse on (questions of) is this safe, is this meaningful, is this going to be an experience we promised our athletes and coaches... and that becomes the 64 million dollar question," Canadian chef de mission Martha Deacon told CBC News.

The departures of some of the Canadian athletes to New Delhi for the upcoming Commonwealth Games has been delayed by a few days as officials felt the athletes village "is not yet up to code".

Some Canadian athletes -— the women's field hockey team and two members of the shooting squad -— were scheduled to arrive in India on Friday, but Canadian officials instructed them to delay their trips. The women's field hockey team now plans to leave Canada early next week.

Deacon said there are issues with hygiene, plumbing and electricity in some of the rooms in the village."We cannot put (athletes) in rooms unless we are confident they are safe and healthy," she was quoted as saying.

The build-up to the Games has been marred by complaints over unhygienic conditions at the Games Village, and to make things worse a foot over bridge collapsed near the main stadium yesterday, injuring 27 people.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief Michael Fennell has already shot off a letter to Cabinet Secretary detailing the "unlivable" conditions at Athletes' Village which along with a footbridge collapse near the main Games venue had triggered withdrawal of two high-profile athletes besides pull out threats from some countries.

Several nations, including Canada, Scotland, Northern Ireland and New Zealand, have expressed concerns about delays in the completion of the athletes village.

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