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New Zealand PM fears for Commonwealth Games future

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says the future of the Commonwealth Games would be jeopardised if next month's New Delhi event is canceled.

world Updated: Sep 22, 2010 09:26 IST

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key says the future of the Commonwealth Games would be jeopardised if next month's New Delhi event is canceled.

After being updated on India's preparations on Wednesday, Key said security rather than issues over the state of facilities remain the "biggest concern" ahead of the Oct 3-14 event. Two world champion athletes withdrew on Tuesday, citing health and security concerns. Complaints about the "seriously compromised" state of the athletes' village have also stirred reports that organisers simply aren't ready to stage the event. Key said canceling the games, however, "would have significant implications for the future of the Commonwealth Games ... and wouldn't be good for India."