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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 December 2005, 17:20 GMT
Glasgow eyes 2014 Commonwealths
Purcell (left), McConnell and Louise Martin of Scotland's Commonwealth Games Council
Purcell (left), McConnell and Louise Martin of Scotland's Commonwealth Games Council
Glasgow has submitted its bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow City leader Steven Purcell launched the campaign alongside Jack McConnell, Scotland's First Minister, at Hampden Park stadium.

McConnell said: "Scotland was the first country to declare its interest in hosting the Games and we were the first country to nominate its preferred city.

"Now we are the first country to officially lodge our bid with the Commonwealth Games Federation."

Glasgow was chosen over Edinburgh, which hosted the games in 1970 and 1986.

Halifax, in Nova Scotia, has been unanimously chosen over Hamilton, Ottawa and suburban Toronto's York Region as Canada's bid city.

It also bid for the 2010 Games but lost out to Hamilton, Ontario, in the Canadian selection process. Hamilton lost to New Delhi, India, in the final vote.

Canada has hosted the event four times: Hamilton in 1930, Vancouver in 1954, Edmonton in 1978 and Victoria in 1994.

The Nigerian city of Abuja announced in July it would bid for 2014.

Africa's most populous nation held the All Africa Games in 2003, but no African nation has hosted the Commonwealth Games since they started in 1930.

Bids for 2014 have to be submitted to the Commonwealth Games Federation six months before the vote on 9 November 2007.

The 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester featured around 5,000 athletes and officials from 72 countries participating in 17 sports.

The next edition is hosted by the Australian city of Melbourne from 15-26 March 2006.


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