The closing ceremony of the 19th Commonwealth Games began Thursday in spectacular fashion at the Indian capital's Jawaharlal Nehru stadium.
Many sports enthusiasts could not snag tickets, whether for lawn bowling or the swimming events – only to see plenty of empty seats in the stands later as they watched on TV.
Observers are pinning low turnout so far at the Commonwealth Games on low interest in sports and the host of problems that plagued the preparations.
New Delhi's chief minister has announced that all cleanup work at the village has been completed - after extending the original 48-hour deadline for four days.
An international outcry about India's preparedness for the Commonwealth Games has the country frantically trying to get ready before teams begin withdrawing.
The Commonwealth Games, hosted in New Delhi, have seen a string of embarrassing issues that could rub some of the sheen off this emerging world power.
Britain and Australia issued travel warnings on visiting the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Delhi, after two Taiwanese tourists were shot Sunday.