India to probe 'corruption' at Commonwealth Games

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Indian policeman stands guard beside a banner for the 2010 Commonwealth Games outside a hotel in New Delhi on 1 October 2010
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There were initial complaints about the condition of the athletes' village

India is to probe allegations of corruption and mismanagement at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

Investigators will look into the awarding of contracts and how the work was supervised.

Former Auditor-General VK Shunglu is to look at all aspects of the event's organisation and planning.

The Games were initially beset by construction delays and complaints about the athletes' accommodation, but were later hailed as a success.

After the troubled start, Commonwealth Games head Mike Fennell praised the event as competition drew to a close.

Despite that praise, India's prime minister said an investigation was needed into an event which became a global story for the wrong reasons.

"The government has decided to constitute a high-level committee under... VK Shunglu to look into all matters relating to organising and conduct of the Commonwealth Games 2010," said a spokesman for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Investigators are due to visit the Games' organising committee on Monday to audit its accounts.

With just days before the Games opened, workers were racing to finish the athletes' village. Some teams initially held back their athletes after reports emerged of dirty bathrooms and exposed wiring and flooding.

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