With the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games just days away, Indian officials have been leaping to the defence of their country.
Negative headlines ahead of the launch have called into question the Asian superpower’s ability to host an event of such global significance, but India remains confident in its achievements.
Pictured: The athletes’ village will be ready say officials
“The situation is under control and we are confident when the teams arrive on the evening of September 23rd, we will be ready,” said Organising Committee secretary-General Lalit Bhanot.
He said some work, especially deep cleaning, needed to be carried out, with staff working around the clock to be ready in time.
“We have developed a world class Village, with a great international zone, excellent sports facilities that are hardly provided in Games Villages elsewhere and a superb dining hall,” added Mr Bhanot.
“The venues are in the best of condition to conduct the Games and the issues around the Village will not affect the Games.”
The opening ceremony is scheduled for October 3rd
New Zealand and Australia have both questioned preparations for the games – with concerns over security paramount – while Scotland has delayed the departure of its athletes.
Despite the concerns, Team England and Team Jersey both confirmed athletes had departed on scheduled for Delhi.
However, Mr Bhanot argued all issues are being looked into and would be resolved before the teams arrive.
“We have started work in the 32 towers and will complete it before the arrival of the athletes.
“In fact, we have cleaned apartments in more than 60 per cent of the towers,” he added.
Indian officials argue the venues are now ready
India is also rolling out some heavyweight supporters as it prepares for the world spotlight.
The cabinet secretary, sports secretary, principal secretary to prime minister, Delhi’s lieutenant governor, chief secretary, and DDA vice chairman are on all site assisting with preparations.