Excrement, Plague, Venue Collapse: Hello Delhi!

Opening Ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, are less than two weeks away, so I thought we’d check in to see how preparations are going courtesy REUTERS, the ASSOCIATED PRESS and the LONDON GUARDIAN.

Commonwealth Games preparation in India is in chaos

  • A portion of false ceiling in the weightlifting venue caved in today.
  • Yesterday, 27 workers were injured when a footbridge collapsed near the same sports complex.
  • A dengue epidemic, blamed on stagnant water around unfinished Games construction sites, has plagued New Delhi and hundreds of people have been hospitalized.
  • Less than a week after two tourists were shot and wounded by unapprehended assailants in Delhi, an Australian TV reporter purchased bomb-making devices in the city which were then promptly smuggled through Games security points.
  • In the official athletes village, “monsoon rains had flooded some of the rooms, while air conditioning and electrical sockets weren’t working in others.”
  • The head of the Scottish delegation of athletes said the Commonwealth Games Village is “unsafe and unfit for human habitation. … There have been dogs roaming around the village, the apartments are filthy, there are piles of rubble and right now it’s not fit to receive 6,500 athletes and officials.
  • The ASSOCIATED PRESS reported that excrement was found in some rooms of the Games Village.
  • So that explains Reuters reporting, “four or five accommodation towers at the Games village are still unfinished, lacking facilities such as fitted toilets and plumbing.”
  • Of the conditions, Lalit Bhanot, spokesman of the Delhi organizing committee, said, “Please try to understand … They want certain standards of hygiene, they want certain standards of cleanliness, which may differ from my standard.
  • Usain Bolt, World discus champion Dani Samuels of Australia and England’s world triple jump champion Phillips Idowu  - along with four other word champions - have pulled out due to the reports of the chaos in India.
  • Idowu Tweeted of his decision: “Sorry people, but I have children to think about. My safety is more important to them than a medal.

India had hoped that its successful staging of the Commonwealth Games would increase its chances of hosting the Olympic Games in the future.

Apparently the locals are unaware that their fate with the IOC rests not on the presence of excrement in the rooms of Olympians, but on the number of Indian rupees that can be stuffed in an envelope.