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Commonwealth Games: Charles Flower approves of Glasgow's bid to host the 2014 games

Commonwealth Games delegates ended a three-day fact-finding mission to Glasgow with praise for the city. Glasgow is one of three cities bidding for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Officials from across the U.K., Malta and Gibraltar toured venues all over the city and met with members of the 2014 bid team.

Lino Farrugia Sacco, chairman of the Commonwealth Games Federation in Malta said, “we are more than happy that everything is in place for the bid. The people involved have experience in running world-class events, which is very important. The venues are all top quality and the plans for the athletes village are very impressive”.

Charles Flower, a delegate from Gibraltar, said Friday his ideas had changed about Glasgow in the last 48 hours. He said,

“I had a perception that Glasgow was not very safe, but I have found a thriving modern city with fantastic facilities. The visit has been very positive and the city has a strong case”.
English delegate Ian Emmerson called Glasgow a vibrant, thriving modern city and referred to the regeneration projects that are already going on. He added, “I first visited here in the 1960s and the city has undergone huge changes” and said, “Glasgow’s is by far the best bid”.

But in the midst of the praise there are concerns over the shooting competition.

The Glasgow Herald reports that although pistol events are an essential part of both the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games, Britain’s strict gun laws prohibit the use of such firearms in public venues, but Glasgow’s bid team hopes a solution can be found by staging the event on a secure Ministry of Defence or police firing range.

Under the law no public money is to be spent and no legacy will be left for the sport.

Rob Shorthouse, media spokesman for Glasgow’s 2014 bid said, “while no formal decision has been taken on venues and the sports program, we understand the importance of shooting to many countries in the Commonwealth and are investigating venues”
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