Commonwealth Games under threat in accommodation row

SUFFOLK athletes set to compete in the Commonwealth Games next month face the possibility that the event may be called off in the wake of problems with accommodation.

It has been revealed today that team leaders from England, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, Australia and Canada have all expressed “grave concerns” over the accommodation for the 6,500 team members in New Delhi and said some was “unsafe and unfit for human habitation’’.

The Games start on October 3 and Commonwealth Games England said although they remain optimistic the event can go ahead there is a need for “urgent” work before their athletes begin arriving on Friday.

The news comes as 5 people were seriously hurt and another 23 injured when a pedestrian bridge near the athletics stadium collapsed today.

A number of athletes from Suffolk are set to compete in the games, including runner Helen Decker, archer Nicky Hunt, swimmer Chris Walker-Hebborn, hockey player Harry Martin and tennis star Elena Baltacha.

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