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Hoy plea to showcase Scots talent

Chris Hoy
Hoy was one of Britain's outstanding performers in Beijing

Chris Hoy has conceded that he would be 'proud' to represent a separate Scottish team at the Olympics if the possibility were ever to arise.

But the triple gold medal-winning cyclist says Scotland must improve its sporting facilities before it could begin to consider such a scenario.

"If it came to Scotland representing itself in the Olympic games, I would be very proud to do that," Hoy said.

"But there aren't the facilities in my sport to sustain a national team."

The Edinburgh athlete, 32, reportedly described a separate Scottish team as "ridiculous" in the aftermath of Beijing because of the lack of facilities.

Quizzed on the possibility at a press conference Hoy said: "I would cross that bridge when I came to it.

606: DEBATE

"I believe before any calls are made for a Scottish Olympic team, they need to address the lack of facilities, to allow the Scottish athletes to compete at the highest level."

Hoy pointed out that he and fellow Scottish medallists Katherine Grainger, Ross Edgar and David Florence all train outside Scotland, because of the lack of facilities.

"We've got the talent - we've got these athletes - we've got the passion, we just need the opportunities and facilities to make it happen, otherwise you would be banging your head against a brick wall," he added.

"You wouldn't have the chance to compete with anyone if you didn't have 12-months-of-the-year facilities."

Thousands of people lined the streets of Edinburgh on Wednesday to welcome Hoy and his triumphant Scottish team-mates back from the Beijing games.

He won the individual sprint, the team sprint and the keirin to become only the second Briton to win three golds at the same Games after swimmer Henry Taylor did likewise in London in 1908.


see also
Scots' return 'overwhelmed' Hoy
27 Aug 08 |  Edinburgh, East and Fife
In Pictures: Medallists' parade
27 Aug 08 |  In Pictures
Call for Scottish Olympics team
24 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Salmond rejects UK football team
25 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Olympic parade for Scottish stars
22 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Team GB's roll of honour
23 Aug 08 |  Olympics
Brown meets triple gold hero Hoy
22 Aug 08 |  UK Politics
Velodrome honour for golden Hoy
19 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Hoy clinches historic third gold
19 Aug 08 |  Cycling
Knighthood call for golden Hoy
17 Aug 08 |  Scotland
Awesome GB sprint team take gold
15 Aug 08 |  Cycling


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