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2014 games voters visit Glasgow
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The delegations will be shown Glasgow's sporting facilities
Commonwealth Games delegates, whose votes could help Scotland secure the 2014 Games, have arrived in Glasgow.

Visitors from the Commonwealth Games Federation's Oceania region will hear about the city's plans for the event.

The group will tour sports facilities and meet some key political and sports figures.

As a potential host city, Glasgow must secure at least 36 of the 71 available votes to beat its rival, the Nigerian capital Abuja.

Glasgow has a simple message for those visiting the city: we are ready to host a world class Commonwealth Games
Steven Purcell
Glasgow City Council

The group will meet representatives of the Scottish government, Glasgow City Council and the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will be one of the ministers meeting the VIPs, who will also attend a traditional ceilidh during their visit.

She said: "I am certain our guests from Oceania will be impressed by the plans for what promises to be the greatest festival of sport our country has ever hosted.

"Staging these games will give Scotland the chance to showcase our vibrant nation to millions of people around the world.

She added: "The excitement the Glasgow bid has generated across Scotland is palpable, and we want to extend a warm Scottish welcome to everyone who comes here to watch and participate."

'Friendly city'

Steven Purcell, leader of Glasgow City Council, said that hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games would offer a "massive boost" to Glasgow and Scotland.

He said: "The games would help our economy and inspire more people to get active and lead a healthy lifestyle. That's why more than one million people across Scotland have backed our bid.

"Glasgow has a simple message for those visiting the city: we are ready to host a world class Commonwealth Games."

Countries of the Oceania region
The Cook Islands
Fiji
Tuvalu
Niue
Papua New Guinea
Solomon Islands
Republic of Nauru
Norfolk Island
Australia

Louise Martin, Chairman of the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland said that she believed the visitors would be impressed by Glasgow's sporting venues and plans for the games.

She said: "The delegates from Oceania are here to see for themselves what Glasgow and Scotland have to offer the Commonwealth and sport across the world.

"I know that they will take with them the impression that ours is a friendly city - a place that will open its arms to the world.

Representatives of all 71 Commonwealth countries will come to visit the city before the final decision is made at a meeting in Sri Lanka in November.

The remaining delegations will visit during the next three months.

Managers of the Glasgow's bid to host the games recently revealed the projected cost of the event had risen by nearly 10m, taking the total estimated bill to 355m.

This followed a visit from a technical delegation who suggested the Glasgow bid team may have over-estimated broadcasting revenues.


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