NEW DELHI (AFP) The Delhi Commonwealth Games were plunged into crisis Tuesday 12 days from the start after the athletes village was described as uninhabitable and a footbridge collapsed at the main stadium. Adding to the sense of chaos that has enveloped an event India hoped would project its new economic power on the international stage, a leading Australian athlete pulled out of the competition because of security fears. Organisers scrambled to contain the damage, fearful that a pullout by a major team could wreck the October 3-14 multisport showcase that has long been dogged by delays, corruption allegations and anxiety about safety. Mike Hooper, chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, led stinging criticism about the athletes residential towers, which will embarrass the government that has admitted that the countrys prestige is on the line. Theyre filthy. You cant occupy them. They need a deep clean. Theres builders dust and rubble in doorways, shower doors the wrong way round, toilets that dont work, he said just two days before athletes begin arriving. There was also excrement in places it shouldnt be, referring to problems thought to be the result of thousands of labourers using the toilets in the certainly uninhabitable residential complex. Complaints about cleanliness, plumbing and electrics were also made by other countries that have arrived early in the Indian capital, including Scotland which described the village as unsafe and unfit for human habitation. The reality is that if the village is not ready and athletes cant come, the implications are that its not going to happen, New Zealand chef de mission Dave Currie told New Zealand commercial radio. Its pretty grim really and certainly disappointing when you consider the amount of time they had to prepare. Thousands of workers have been labouring around the clock to finish sports facilities and the athletes village, as well as to clear up piles of building rubble that still litter large parts of the capital. At the main Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, which will host the opening ceremony and athletics, an under-construction footbridge collapsed on Tuesday, injuring 23 labourers, five seriously, police said. The approximately 100-metre (328-foot) bridge, built to link the car park to the stadium, fell down as workers were paving it, a labourer at the scene told AFP. I saw several people with bleeding arms and injuries on their bodies being taken away, construction worker Zakir Hussein told AFP. Building work for the games, expected to draw 7,000 athletes and officials from countries which were mostly in the former British empire, has been severely delayed and doubts have been raised before about the quality of the construction. Indias chief anti-corruption body found a host of problems with construction work in a July investigation, including dubious contracts and the use of poor quality materials. The other main worry about the games has been the risk of attacks by militant groups that target India, with anxiety raised at the weekend after a gun assault outside Delhis main mosque that left two Taiwanese men injured. Australian discus world champion Dani Samuels pulled out Tuesday because of security and health concerns, her coach was quoted as saying by Australian Associated Press on Tuesday. Dani is extremely distressed about it all, Samuels manager Hayden Knowles told the agency. The situation in Delhi has been bothering her for some time... But the events over the weekend made it real, he said. Samuels, 22, won the gold medal in discus throwing in the 2009 World Championships in Germany. Other star athletes such as Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt have already decided not to come. The president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Michael Fennell, opened the criticism Tuesday with a damning statement that said several nations had been shocked by the seriously compromised games village. The Indian organising committee attempted to reassure athletes. Lalit Bhanot, organising committee secretary-general and official spokesman for the games, stressed that the village was probably one of the best ever. Venues Venues being used for the Commonwealth Games which are being held in New Delhi from October 3-14:- Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Athletics, lawn bowls, weightlifting plus opening and closing ceremonies Dhyan Chand National Stadium Field Hockey Indira Gandhi Arena Archery, cycling, gymnastics, wrestling Delhi University sports complex Rugby sevens Thyagaraj Stadium Netball Siri Fort Sports Complex Badminton, Squash Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range Shooting Talkatora Stadium Boxing SPM Swimming Pool Complex Aquatics RK Khanna Tennis Complex Tennis Yamuna Sports Complex Table tennis