Hosting a major international sporting event like the Olympics or the World Cup is usually a chance for a country to put its best foot forward in the eyes of the world. India's preparations for the Commonwealth Games have been plagued with problems with less than two weeks to go before the opening ceremony. The collapse of an under construction footbridge today added to the list of problems.
Indian security personnel stand guard in front of a collapsed pedestrian bridge outside the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi September 21, 2010. The perilous state of athletes' accommodation for next month's Commonwealth Games in Delhi has shocked visiting teams and prompted the Games' federation chief to demand authorities urgently fix a raft of problems. Complaints from team officials ranging from cleanliness to Internet access at the athletes' village have further embarrassed organizers of the October 3-14 Games, amid blown construction deadlines, corruption scandals and security concerns following a tourist shooting on Sunday.
Laborers rest inside their makeshift tents outside the boundary wall of the 2010 Commonwealth Games athletes village in New Delhi September 21, 2010.
Laborers pull a hand cart loaded with bricks and sacks of sand in front of boards advertising the 2010 Commonwealth Games, over a flyover in New Delhi September 21, 2010.
Rag pickers try to right their overturned cycle rickshaw near the 2010 Commonwealth Games athletes village in New Delhi September 21, 2010.