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First minister makes games pledge
Steven Purcell , Jack McConnell and Louise Martin
The presentation was the first chance for cities to state their case
The first minister has promised to make resources available if the Commonwealth Games come to Scotland.

Jack McConnell was presenting Glasgow's bid to host the 2014 event to officials in Melbourne, Australia, just ahead of the start of the 2006 games.

Addressing the Games Federation General Assembly, he highlighted the way Scotland hosted last year's G8 summit.

And he promised: "Scotland's government will make the resources available to deliver the 2014 Games in Glasgow."

The winning city will be announced in Sri Lanka next year.

There are three cities in the race to host the event, with Glasgow facing competition from the Nigerian capital Abuja and the Canadian city of Halifax.

It is time for the friendly games to come to the friendly city
Jack McConnell

Mr McConnell said that Scotland had the venues and resources to deliver a world-class event.

"Last year we made sure that the G8 summit in Gleneagles was safe and secure," he said.

"Scotland is already home to many world-class sporting and cultural events."

He pointed out that the city had already hosted the Special Olympics, international athletics, boxing, badminton, gymnastics and swimming.

He added: "It is time for the friendly games to come to the friendly city."

The Games will help carry forward this momentum for regeneration and change
Cllr Steven Purcell
Leader of Glasgow City Council

After the presentation, which was the first chance for the rivals to state their case before games officials, Mr McConnell told reporters: "For a city as important as Glasgow never to have held the Commonwealth Games is one of those wrongs that needs to be righted.

"It is one of the best sporting cities in the Commonwealth."

Mr McConnell was accompanied by Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, and Louise Martin, chair of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland.

In his speech, Councillor Purcell stressed the facilities that would be available should the bid be successful.

He said: "We are committed to providing world-class facilities for such a world-class event."

Tourist destination

He also spoke about regeneration in Glasgow and how the event could play a part in that.

"Our city is continuing its transformation from one of the great industrial centres of the world to an international city for technology, education, tourism, sport and culture," he said.

"The games will help carry forward this momentum for regeneration and change."

The Glasgow bid team presented a video which demonstrated how close together the games venues would be and stressed that most of them had already been built.

Officials from Halifax, in Nova Scotia, emphasised the city's reputation as a top tourist destination.

The Nigerian team hopes to win votes from those who think the time has come for an African country to stage the games.


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