Athletes around the world are today concerned that accommodation at the Delhi Commonwealth Games will be below the standards to which they are accustomed. Many athletes have begun to question whether more money should have been stolen from the Dalits, or untouchables, who inadvertently funded the Games after city authorities siphoned off money earmarked for projects helping Dalits to escape degrading menial tasks.
"Apparently the funds were for health and education projects to help Dalits who manually clear shit out of outdoor toilets," said one athlete. "Well, it seems the Dalits just got on with clearing the shit and they haven't complained as far as I know, so they obviously didn't need the money."
Athletes were in agreement that the Games facilities, during the construction of which it is alleged that 43 workers died, were 'sub-standard'. "I'm disappointed India hasn't made the effort," said one athlete. "I looked into it and there are loads of other funds for Dalits they could raid. Frankly it seems like political correctness gone mad giving so much money to people just because they've been sunk in poverty for countless generations. It's probably their fault or in all that time they would have found a way to better themselves - they certainly haven't cleaned up all the sewage on the Commonwealth Games site and if they can't even manage their own speciality what can they manage? And then, think about it, that death rate might look high, but there are an awful lot of people in India."
There is still no certainty that the Games will go ahead, but that doesn't bother the labourer from a village near Delhi we spoke to on the street yesterday. "I got my £1.50 a day," he said. "And I only got a broken arm in that bridge collapse. Who gives a monkey's if the Games actually happen? I'm going back to my village to live it up!"