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"Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called an emergency meeting Thursday night with his sports minister and other top officials as they try to salvage the Commonwealth Games amid growing concerns that New Delhi is not prepared to host the event. The Games are scheduled to start on Oct. 3, but fresh worries about safety and the condition of the still uncompleted athletes village are threatening to turn what was supposed to be a showcase event for India into a national embarrassment. Earlier in the day, athletes from New Zealand became the latest to delay their arrival in India because of concerns about conditions at the athletes village. Scotland and Canada have already said they will delay their arrival, while England and Australia have expressed concern over the village, which was due to open Thursday. "It is tremendously disappointing," New Zealand Olympic Committee president Mike Stanley said, adding the travel changes will put a strain on the athletes' preparations for the event. "We know how hard this must be for athletes, and we're continuing to push … for an urgent resolution." Concerns about the event, which is slated to begin in a little more than a week, have been mounting in recent days. On Tuesday, 27 workers were injured when a footbridge near the main stadium collapsed. Organizers have also struggled with an outbreak of dengue fever, concerns about the construction and hygiene at the athletes village and security fears after the Sunday shooting of two tourists outside one of the city's top attractions. A Muslim militant group took responsibility for the shooting. Canadians pull out On Thursday, archers Kevin Tataryn and Dietmar Trillus became the first two Canadian athletes to pull out of the Games in the wake of this week's revelations about the athletes village and the bridge collapse. Both men cited concerns over health and safety. "All we've been told from our Canadian Commonwealth Games committee is, 'Just wait, and it'll get better,' " Tataryn told CBCSports.ca, "but from what I'm reading, that doesn't seem to be the case." Earlier in the week, Australian discus champion Dani Samuels and English triple jumper Phillips Idowu withdrew from the Games because of similar worries. A poll in the Hindustan Times newspaper Thursday found 68 per cent of surveyed New Delhi residents were ashamed of the Games, which bring together athletes from the 71 countries and territories of the former British Empire every four years. The poll of 523 people had a margin of error of three percentage points. Since concerns over the athletes village — including excrement in rooms, shoddy conditions and problems with plumbing, wiring and furnishings — were raised earlier this week, the organizers and government officials have committed major resources to cleaning it up, federation chief executive Mike Hooper told The Associated Press. "There has been improvement each day," he said. "There's more to do." CBC's Adrienne Arsenault said legions of cleaners who had been working at the stadium were moved down to the village to try to improve conditions. The village is meant to house more than 7,000 athletes and officials. "All the countries are evaluating this hour by hour," Arsenault said from New Delhi. Games chief to meet with officials Mike Fennell, president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, was scheduled to arrive in India late Thursday to meet with top Indian officials to discuss the problems. "He wants to meet the prime minister, but there's no clear understanding that that meeting is actually going to happen," Arsenault said. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said the country's athletes will participate in the games unless security or health standards are badly compromised. A decision could be made by Friday. "Obviously, they'll be cognizant of what's happening with other countries, but it's certainly my preference for them to be able to attend the Games if they possibly can," he said. The Australian government on Thursday said it was sending experts to assess hygienic conditions in the village and has upgraded its travel advice to alert tourists to possible construction "deficiencies" after the bridge collapsed and part of a drop ceiling at the weightlifting venue caved in. Australian media reported that federal police officers from the country would travel with its team to provide extra security, while Prime Minister Julia Gillard confirmed only that "we have boosted the number of officials we have in New Delhi and we have others on standby." New Delhi has been a frenzy of activity in recent weeks as the city struggles to ready itself for the Games, which begin Oct. 3." Read more: <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/commonwealthgames/story/2010/09/23/sp-nz-delhi.html#ixzz10MsMW3KZ" target="_blank">http://www.cbc.ca/commonwealthgames/story/2010/09/23/sp-nz-delhi.html#ixzz10MsMW3KZ</a>
 

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<p>A country that can launch a rocket to the moon should be able to host a major international sporting event.  Well, okay, Atlanta aside, that's a true statement.</p>
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This is absurd.  India should have been on top of this from the moment the games were awarded.</p>
 

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<p>They don't say, but I believe its human. </p>
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<p>A few days ago people were saying that a concerted effort would be able to resolve the issues, but now they are saying that they need a miracle. </p>
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<p>India was more than capable of bringing this off - there must have been some pretty bad decisions made at the project management level. </p>
 
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