Scotland confirm athletes will travel to India

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Team Scotland have announced that the first group of Scottish athletes will fly out to the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.

The decision comes after team officials reported back from Delhi that progress is being made on improvements to the athletes village.

The president of the Commonwealth Games Federation has been heartened by the "considerable improvements" made to the facilities for the 2010 Delhi Games, which had at one stage put the event in doubt.

CGF chief Mike Fennell has received encouraging reports from the federation's CEO Mike Hooper ahead of a tour of the athletes village and a meeting with Indian government officials.

The village had been described by Hooper as "filthy" previously, raising serious questions over whether it would be suitable to host athletes from around the world, but Fennell insists the picture now looks far brighter as competitors from England and Australia arrive on the sub-continent.