By Jacquelin Magnay
05 Oct 2010
The outlook for the Commonwealth Games appears ever more gloomy due to the poor state of the showpiece running track.The track and field programme starts on Wednesday, but on Tuesday workers were frantically trying to repair holes in the inside lane created during the opening ceremony.
Britain’s former triple jumper, Jonathan Edwards, said that the state of the track was ''beyond anything I imagined".
Dazzling Delhi games open “The straight for the 100 metres is fine, but they are re-laying a bit of the track which was damaged during the opening ceremony,” Edwards said.
“And they’ve had to do that a couple of times because the standard to which it’s been repaired hasn’t been up to scratch. Obviously, concerns about the athletes’ safety are foremost.
“Normally, you would lay a track and perhaps leave it for two or three days to settle and to harden so this is probably unparalleled.”
After two days of competition, the reality of this Commonwealth Games is one of empty stadiums.
Swimmers have been performing in front of team-mates and relations at the 5,000-capacity Mukherjee swimming stadium, while the shouts of the hockey players echo around the near-empty 16,000-seat national stadium.