Commonwealth Games risk damage with delay
There is no doubt in my mind that Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CWGF), wasn't exaggerating when he described the athletes' village in Delhi as a "major, significant problem".
He also doesn't think it's insurmountable, as long as massive resources are mobilised immediately to put things right.
The promise made by the organisers that Delhi would have the best athletes' village ever experienced at a Commonwealth Games is beginning to sound like an empty boast.
At the time of writing, Craig Hunter, the chef de mission of the England team, is trying to get his colleagues past security so they can continue the cleaning job they started themselves after seeing the state of their accommodation on arrival.
As though they don't have better things to do! And they're the lucky ones; New Zealand and Scotland demanded their allocated accommodation be moved, describing it as "unsafe and unfit for human habitation".
From the description of the piles of rubble, dust, plumbing and electrics not working, and human waste where it shouldn't have been, they weren't just being precious.
It's not just an epic clean-up that's required either. When the monsoons flared again, the England team made the unwelcome discovery that about quarter of their accommodation wasn't watertight.
I suspect that might take more than some bleach and a scrubbing brush to rectify.
There may be a temporary fix in moving people into accommodation that has been sorted out but that won't work unless the whole job's a good 'un within the next few days.
Not all the athletes arrive at once, which might be the competition's saving grace, while others will follow Aussie world champion discus thrower Dani Samuel's lead and actually decide not to bother at all, on the balance of what they've heard over the last few days.
While most voices continue to accentuate the positive, the ultimate negative is still lurking under the surface - the very prospect that the Games can't be staged at all.
I think that's unlikely at this point but it won't take much to tip things over. The leaders of the big teams - England, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada - will be talking to each other, comparing notes, wondering how we got to this situation.
Each will be acutely aware that the Games have to fight for their place on the sporting calendar and for their relevance in the minds of the athletes, the international federations, the media, sponsors and the public.
I believe what is happening in Delhi weakens the CWGF's hand in that respect.
Reputational damage has been done, the extent of which remains to be seen, and the implications for Glasgow as hosts of 2014 are yet to be fully understood.