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Monday 23 October 2017

Athletes are bugged by plagues of Delhi insects

Athletes at the Commonwealth Games are battling a plague of Delhi bugs as much as opponents with organisers forced to blanket venues with a pungent insecticide after an influx of insects.

Sunday's opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium drew thousands of spectators -- and just as many moths -- prompting organisers to send an SOS to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to deal with the problem.

"These moths gather around the lights during night and settle down in the area during the daytime and create trouble," an unnamed MCD official said.

"The problem intensified on Monday morning. But now the situation is under control."

Similar problems were witnessed at the dusty Dr SP Mukherjee Aquatic Complex, venue of the swimming event, where the men's 4x100 metre relay was delayed as stray insects were fished out of the pool.

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