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Commonwealth Games: a comedy of errors for India

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(Read caption) Volunteers sit in front of a board advertising the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, on Sept. 22.

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The recent setbacks to the New Delhi Commonwealth Games, set to start Oct. 3, could be a comedy of errors – but it's just not funny to the international community or Indians any more.

Organizers of the event have suffered yet another setback, underscoring severe planning inefficiencies when part of the roof of the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium collapsed on Wednesday.

Unlike a day earlier, when a number of laborers were injured when a footbridge near the stadium collapsed, no one was hurt when a small part of a false ceiling fell at the weightlifting venue.

But it is further embarrassment for the games organizers, who already have lost face over a litany of incidents and reports of lack of organization in recent days.

In fact, there is growing serious doubt over whether there is any hope at all that the games will be able to be staged with any degree of success.

Three athletes – two Britons and one Australian – have now pulled out over security concerns, and some members of the Scottish team have delayed their trip to Delhi.

List of embarrassing issues

This week has seen a perfect storm of embarrassing events for India. Enough for a check list:


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