By Tom Degun in New Delhi

altSeptember 30 – Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has said the much-criticised Athletes’ Village is "absolutely ready" for the start of the Commonwealth Games on Sunday (October 3) after a week of controversy which has overshadowed the build-up to the event.

But the bad news continues for the now controversial venue as around 400 competitors have already visited the polyclinic on for medical attention with complaints of fever and various minor injuries.

The condition of the Village had come under intense criticism over the last few weeks due to the horrendous state in the apartments which the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) had described as “filthy and unliveable”.

After a number of Commonwealth countries threatened to boycott the event a huge clean-up operation was undertaken which Dikshit claims has been a huge success.

She said: "The Commonwealth Games Village is absolutely ready and for the first time, I am feeling very satisfied.

"Cleanliness and other aspects are now up to the mark."

However, there was not such good news from inside the village, which is housing around 2,000 athletes and delegates from 71 countries, with doctors at polyclinic now swamped with a queue of athletes coming in with problems.

Of the 400 athletes who have visited the polyclinic - which is complete with X-ray, ultrasound and CT scan equipment - 40 have complained of exertion-induced fever while two were diagnosed with viral fever.

One sprinter, who had slipped and fallen during a practice session, has even undergone minor orthopaedic surgery.

However, Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia dismissed the cases as nothing to be overly concerned about.

Walia said: "Some athletes did have slight fever, but it’s nothing serious.

"Thankfully, not a single dengue or H1N1 case has been reported.

"While most of them underwent various tests, including x-rays, ultrasounds, physiotherapy and toe-injury treatments, some female athletes also consulted our gynaecologists.

"The athlete who underwent a surgery is doing fine now."

The 10-bedded polyclinic also has an operation theatre for minor surgeries and physiotherapists on duty for the athletes 24 hours a day.

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