Commonwealth Games: Glasgow ‘on track’ for 2014

The committee said Glasgow 2014 had provided detailed plans to meet the needs of athletes, spectators, volunteers and stakeholders. Picture: PA
The committee said Glasgow 2014 had provided detailed plans to meet the needs of athletes, spectators, volunteers and stakeholders. Picture: PA
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GLASGOW is well on track for hosting an “outstandingly” successful Commonwealth Games, a review has found.

Representatives from the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) have spent a week in the city, visiting venues and assessing security and transport arrangements in preparation for next summer.

Vice president Bruce Robertson said that, with eight months to go, the organising team had hit all its targets and the Games were so far being delivered on budget.

The committee said Glasgow 2014, led by chief executive David Grevemberg, had provided detailed plans to meet the needs of athletes, spectators, volunteers and stakeholders.

They credited the “excellent” partnership between Glasgow 2014, Glasgow City Council, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government.

Excitement

Mr Robertson said: “With the Games now just eight months away, the excitement in Glasgow and across the Commonwealth is building.

“The launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay was been extremely well-received and today the baton is in the Gold Coast - our next Games host in 2018.

“When the baton returns to Scotland on June 14 we know it will start a wave of community celebration and will reinforce the image of Scotland all over the world.

“The response from the Scottish people to the opportunity of carrying the baton, buying tickets and volunteering has been outstanding.

“Already we know, based on this public response and the response of the corporate community, with 33 commercial partnerships now concluded, that the Games are going to be an outstanding success.”

March

The CGF co-ordination commission will return in March for another overview.

CGF chief executive Mike Hooper said: “The Games promise to be a unique Glaswegian and Scottish experience.

“These Games will enhance the brand of the Commonwealth Games and feedback from our discussions with our top athletes in the Commonwealth reinforce that these will be very, very special Games.”

Mr Grevemberg said: “We feel privileged at the opportunities given to us by the Commonwealth Games Federation and their confidence in our ambitions to deliver the best Commonwealth Games ever.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done and no sense of complacency on our part.

“We remain very focused, up for the challenge and we look forward to sharing the final stage of a journey towards delivering an outstanding Games of which the CGF, Scotland and Glasgow can be proud.”

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