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network The Long View commonwealth Glasgow basks in Games’ glow Best known for its football teams, ship building and architecture, in July Glasgow played host to 71 nations of the Commonwealth at one of the world’s largest multi-sport events Sarah Juggins Hampden Park was the centre for the athletics – Glasgow is hoping to make the most of these excellent facilities by hosting other major athletics tournaments It began with an unashamedly patriotic The morning after the flame was extinguished homage to all things Scottish: entertainer and the athletes, coaches, officials John Barrowman circling the stadium on and spectators had dispersed back to their a giant crane singing about banking, steam homes all over the globe, the organisers trains, medicines, art and poetry, and everything of the 20th Commonwealth Games were else that Scotland has given the world. engaged in a tub-thumping, back-slapping It finished with Lulu and Kylie Minogue orgy of praise for the Games. “The best joining forces in a marriage of Scottish and ever!” declared The Scotsman; the president Australian popular culture that symbolically of the Commonwealth Games Federation, passed the Games on to the Gold Coast Prince Imran of Malaysia, said of Australia, the host-in-waiting. Glasgow had been “pure, dead brilliant!”; 80 l www.global -br ief ing.org four th quar ter 2014 global and chief executive of the Commonwealth Games Federation, Mike Hooper, said: “These have been a great Games and, in my view, the stand-out Games in the history of the movement.” Certainly Glasgow had taken centre stage for 11 days of sporting endeavours. Wallto wall coverage by the BBC and streamed action from numerous satellite channels meant that sports fans could have their fix of hockey, netball, bowls and badminton Groundhopper2000 CC-BY-SA-4.0


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