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Malaysian, African contingents threaten to leave Games Village

New Delhi: The beleaguered Commonwealth Games organising committee on Sunday received another huge jolt after athletes of Malaysia and some African nations threatened to leave the Games Village if things are not improved by 5 PM today.

According to reports, the athletes of some nations have complained of excessive noise owing to cleaning work even during the night.

The athletes have demanded that things be set right by 5 PM today or else they should be shifted to a hotel.

In another embarrassing situation for the organisers, it was reported that a group of Indian shooters had to wait for over four hours at the airport before a bus and security could be arranged to take them to the Games Village.

Meanwhile, Australian cyclist Travis Meyer and table tennis player Stephanie Sang have joined the growing list of athletes pulling out of the troubled Commonwealth Games in Delhi, citing security and health concerns.

Withdrawal by Meyer and Sang took the number of Australian pullouts to three. Last week, discus world champion Dani Samuels` was the first to skip the Games.

Australian Commonwealth Games chief Perry Crosswhite dubbed the pullouts as disappointing.

“I am disappointed on the basis that these Games will be a good experience particularly for all the athletes who come to it and of course we wouldn`t be here if we didn`t think the security wasn`t being organised well and at the level it should be,” Crosswhite was quoted as saying.

Crosswhite said the recently-married Sang pulled out because of security fears, and a replacement for her on the team was being sought.

Australia`s athletes will begin arriving in Delhi from Wednesday for the October 3 to 14 event.

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