Glasgow 2014: Games on track says CGF after inspection

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THE Co-ordination Commission (CoCom) of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has said it is “delighted with the progress” being made by organisers of the 2014 Games in Glasgow.

The commission’s four-member panel, chaired by CGF vice-president Bruce Robertson, spent two days meeting with the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee and representatives from a range of Games partners.

Robertson said yesterday: “While there is no time to waste, we are delighted with the progress the Organising Committee, the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and Commonwealth Games Scotland have made since we were here last in October 2011.

“The partnership we have struck with these organisations is a truly collaborative one, and importantly one of mutual respect which is geared towards great outcomes for Glasgow, Scotland and great Games for the Commonwealth.

Particular milestones singled out by Robertson included the opening of two refurbished venues – The Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh and Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls in Glasgow – and the good progress being made on construction of all other venues intended for 2014 and beyond.

He also praised a culture of “strong budget control” which means the Games are on target to be delivered within the approved £524 million budget, but did stress the need for “constant monitoring” of the project to install the athletics track at Hampden Park.