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Scotland's Commonwealth Games 1500 metres bronze medallist Steph Twell returns to one of her favourite venues when she competes in the women's 6k race in tomorrow's BUPA Great Edinburgh Cross in Holyrood Park.
WITH under a fortnight to go before the start of the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, there were many who regarded them as a disaster waiting to happen. Others were less optimistic, thinking they would not happen at all.
Indian investigators last night filed lawsuits against two London-based companies over alleged corruption involving the Commonwealth Games, and arrested two former officials from the 2010 event's organising committee.
India's main opposition party have demanded a parliamentary investigation into the country's Commonwealth Games, which were marred by allegations of corruption, construction delays and cost overruns that deeply embarrassed the rising superpower.
AFTER three weeks away from home at an event that almost did not get off the ground, Team Scotland returned yesterday from the Commonwealth Games in Delhi to a heroes' welcome.
COLIN FLEMING & JOCELYN RAE Tennis (Mixed Doubles)
AFTER winning a silver medal in the 400 metres hurdles at the Commonwealth Games, Eilidh Child will shortly revert to her No 1 event: the balancing act.
Light-heavyweight gold medallist Callum Johnson may have done his talking with his fists in Delhi, but when the Scotland boxer speaks about his craft, he does so with the same grace he displayed in the ring.
STEPH Twell describes herself somewhat unflatteringly as "a bit of a mixed bag". After her bronze medal in the 1,500 metres and fourth in the 5,000m at the Commonwealth Games, a more accurate description might be "a potent combination of influences".
COLD here, isn't it? Mind you, Delhi was getting a bit parky by the time we left on Thursday night. Must have been down to 22 Celsius.
A THIRD Nigerian runner has failed a doping test at the Commonwealth Games and been stripped of two silver medals.
"NO SHOWS" at the Delhi games included the fastest man in history, Usain Bolt, below, Scotland's record-breaking Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy and a fellow Scot, tennis star Elena Baltacha, who cited a liver conditon.
I WAS one of those involved in helping to prepare the bid to bring the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow, and shortly after I was appointed Lord Provost. When it was announced that there was going to be bid, I felt it was an excellent opportunity to promote the city. We were determined to show that Glasgow was capable of putting on such a high-profile event.
GLASGOW will bring the top stars back to the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and with them the international competition's former prestige, the chief executive of the organising committee has promised.
WERE these then, in purely sporting terms, the devalued Games of the much reduced Commonwealth? Or did the competitors of all sports prove by their performances that not even a boycott of such proportions can halt the pursuit of excellence? I think, overall, the verdict comes down in the latter's favour.
WHEN the smoke settled on the rifle range, it became apparent the target had been shattered. The pairs silver for Angus McLeod and Shaw on Wednesday afternoon was Scotland's 26th and final medal of these 19th Commonwealth Games, exceeding the official aim of 18-25.
SCOTLAND will aim to have its best medal tally ever when the Commonwealth Games come to Glasgow in 2014. As the Delhi Games came to a close last night, that was the target announced by a confident Michael Cavanagh, chairman of Commonwealth Games Scotland.
THE Commonwealth Games that were in danger of never beginning just a few weeks ago, ended on time and in some style with a closing ceremony which saw Delhi hand over the mantle of host city to Glasgow.