New Zealand Adds To India's Commonwealth Games Woes

"Pressure is growing on India to deal with urgent concerns over security and poor facilities ahead of its hosting of the Commonwealth Games next month. New Zealand is the latest country, after Canada and Scotland, to delay the arrival of its athletes in Delhi for the event which begins on 3 October. Canadian officials said India had been ""indifferent bordering on intransigent"" in tackling the issues. Games chief Michael Fennell is due in Delhi for emergency talks. India insists the Games will be one of the most successful. Several participating countries have delegates in the capital urgently checking the facilities and the arrangements for security. The athletes' village - which is due to house 7,000 athletes - is still unfinished, with complaints of flooding, toilets that leak or do not flush, and stray dogs sleeping on some beds. Part of a ceiling at the weightlifting venue has collapsed, and a pedestrian bridge at the main stadium also collapsed, injuring 27 construction workers. Security fears increased after the shooting of two tourists near one of the city's top tourist attractions over the weekend."