Hoy given 2014 Games role

Sir Chris Hoy has been announced as the first official ambassador of the 2014 
Commonwealth Games.

Organisers believe the six-times Olympic gold medallist will inspire people to get behind the Glasgow games over the next two years.

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The Capital cyclist’s role will see him appear in promotional campaigns and lend support to the organising committee. On Sunday, he will be awarded the Freedom of Edinburgh after joining other Olympic heroes on an open-top bus tour through the city.

Sir Chris said: “Making sure that people from all walks of life, especially young people, feel inspired to be a part of the Games will be a big focus for me.” Meanwhile, Sir Chris last night tweeted a response to yesterday’s Evening News front page, which pictured him holding up six fingers, an image some Hearts fans suggested was a reference to their “5-1” Scottish Cup final victory.

He wrote: “Just for clarification, my Evening news front page photo pose was in reference to six golds and nothing else! ;-)”