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Bid to put Scots athletes in lead
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Calls have been made for more cash to put athletes ahead
Calls have been made for increased investment in athletics facilities to enable people in Scotland to boost results at world and European level.

It comes in a major blueprint drawn up by the organisation, scottishathletics.

The four-year plan is designed to maximise performance in the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

The 100-page document published on Thursday charts the improvement athletes from Scotland are making at under-17 level.

The dossier stressed that almost 50% more medals were won at last year's UK national championships than two years ago.

However, it warns that the achievements are at risk if investment is not made in top-class facilities.

'Shortage of stadiums'

Sweden - the study pointed out - had one indoor athletics track 20 years ago, but now has 25.

It topped the medal table at last weekend's European athletics championships.

By comparison, Scotland has only Glasgow's Kelvin Hall - and had just two athletes competing in Madrid.

Glasgow beat Edinburgh in September in the race to win Scotland's bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Games bid

The decision by the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland to award Glasgow the honour followed a technical evaluation of the bids by both cities.

A bid assessment group made up of Scottish sports chiefs was being set up to launch a feasibility study into Glasgow's chances of hosting the event.

The 2006 Games will be hosted by Melbourne in Australia while the 2010 Games have been awarded to New Delhi in India.


SEE ALSO:
Glasgow leads Scottish Games bid
24 Sep 04 |  Scotland
Sport's multi-million pound bonus
29 Jul 04 |  Scotland
49m sports investment kicks off
29 Jul 04 |  Scotland
India hails Commonwealth bid
14 Nov 03 |  South Asia


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