Delhi Games Will Meet Standard, Foreign Minister Says

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India's foreign minister has told the BBC that Delhi's Commonwealth Games will meet international standards, amid concerns over hygiene and safety. Despite the withdrawal of some athletes over security concerns and complaints from several countries, SM Krishna said India would be "able to deliver" on the games, which begin in 11 days.He said a prolonged monsoon had hampered last-minute preparations, but offered reassurance to participating nations that security would be provided for every athlete and stadium. "The Commonwealth Games will be conducted according to international standards... and it will be one of the most successful Games yet," said Mr Krishna. On Tuesday, a footbridge under construction collapsed near the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium - the main Games venue - injuring 27 workers. On Wednesday, a section of ceiling caved in at the weightlifting venue. The state of the athletes' village has also come in for criticism, with complaints of flooding, rooms soiled by excrement and stray dogs sleeping on some beds. The Scottish team say they will not travel until the site is "secure". The English and Welsh teams have also yet to make final decisions about taking part, though the first group of 22 English athletes is expected to fly out to Delhi on Thursday.