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India's Readiness for Commonwealth Games a Concern

Concerns continue to grow that India will not be completely ready to host the Commonwealth Games in October.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inspected venues in New Delhi Sunday and urged organizers to overcome delays that threaten to spoil the event.

Many sports facilities have yet to be completed 35 days before the Games begin, while new roads, overpasses and metro lines are also behind schedule amid allegations of corruption and mismanagement.

A statement from Mr. Singh's office urged authorities "to redouble their efforts" to quickly complete whatever works remain as people expect "a spectacular and flawless opening to the Commonwealth Games."

One of his stops was Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, where renovation work is still underway to prepare for the opening and closing ceremonies and the athletics events.

Some 70 nations, mainly from the former British empire, are expected to take part in the 19th edition of the Games which run October 3-14. Athletes will compete in 260 events in 17 sports disciplines.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.