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Snake found in Commonwealth Games athlete's room

posted 26 Sep 2010, 12:16 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 26 Sep 2010, 12:19 ]

South African High Commissioner to India Harris Mbulelo Majeke says a snake has been found in an athlete's room at the Commonwealth Games village.

South African High Commissioner to India Harris Mbulelo Mejeke lambasted organisers of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (September 26) after a snake was found in an athlete's room.

With only a week to go before the competition opens on October 3, India officials are racing against time to ensure preparations are complete after a slew of international criticism over filthy accommodation in the Games village.

"Yesterday we found a snake, we even found a snake, I don't know if it is an Indian snake, it was inside one of our rooms. That was really a threat to the lives of our athletes, of course it was still dirty, there were still… the basement was full of water and everything was dirty inside, in fact there is a lot of repairs to be done," said Mejeke in the Indian capital.

But Mejeke told reporters that South African athletes would still be travelling to the games -- despite poor facilities.

"I think we have very serious concerns, which were really disappointing. But the teams are coming, going to be part of the Commonwealth Games, no doubt about that but we are still rejecting the conditions over there. They are bad for us," he said.

The event, held every four years for members of the organisation of mostly former British colonies, is estimated to have cost India up to six billion U.S. dollars.