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GLASGOW CHOSEN AS 2014 COMMONWEALTH GAMES HOST CITY

9 Nov 2007

The city of Glasgow has been chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

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There were celebrations in the Scottish city as the decision of the 71 voting nations was announced in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Glasgow had been competing against Nigerian capital Abuja for the right to host the games.

It has been estimated that it will cost the city £288m to stage the sporting event, with most of the funding coming from the Scottish Government.

Thousands of people gathered to watch the result at events in the city.

Chair of the Sports Council for Wales, Philip Carling said:

"We are delighted that, following an exciting bid campaign, the Commonwealth Games is returning to British soil in 2014.

"There is no doubt that a Glasgow Commonwealth Games will spur the medal ambitions of our very talented athletes and give Welsh sportsmen and women a fantastic opportunity to win medals - in Welsh vests - not too far away from home.

"With a medal haul of 31 medals, Wales enjoyed their most successful Games to date when the UK last staged the event in Manchester in 2002. Finishing fourth in the medals per head of population table five years ago, The Sports Council for Wales will be aiming to aspire to that strong performance in Glasgow.

"We are particularly delighted that judo will make a return to the Games programme in 2014 – in Manchester, judo delivered six medals for Wales.

"The most important legacy will be inspiring young Welsh people to emulate the ambition and dedication on show during the Games. We hope to see the population swept up in the sporting spirit and that it will encourage them to get more active, and to spur them on in the pursuit of achieving the ultimate goal of competing in their chosen sport on an international stage.

"Congratulations to the Glasgow 2014 team and its partners for a successful campaign."