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Last Updated: Friday, 9 November 2007, 15:00 GMT
Glasgow celebrates Games victory
Fans in Glasgow celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games announcement
Glasgow saw off the challenge of Nigerian capital Abuja
Two-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist Liz McColgan says Glasgow hosting the 2014 Games will inspire a new generation of athletes.

Commonwealth nations voted to give Glasgow the Games over Nigerian capital Abuja by 47 votes to 24, following a ceremony in Sri Lanka on Friday.

And McColgan said young Scots would be able to realise their sporting dreams.

"If you are a 15 or 16-year-old athlete, what a motivation. You've got dreams of winning gold," she said.

McColgan, who won gold medals in the 10,000m at the 1986 and 1990 Games, said: "Giving the kids that inspiration is just a great opportunity.


"There will be a lot of kids watching the news saying, 'I'm going to be there'.

"Scotland needs opportunities to excel and dream higher than you are told to do."

Former track athlete Yvonne Murray, who won gold in the 10,000 metres at the 1994 Games, said it was "fantastic".

"Can you imagine how athletes will feel, walking into the arena knowing the crowd are cheering them on?"

Scottish Rugby chief executive Gordon McKie said the potential benefits of hosting the event were "huge".

It has been estimated that it will cost the city 288m to stage the sporting event, with most of the funding coming from the Scottish Government.

McKie said: "Our congratulations to everyone involved in bringing the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Scotland.

"The opportunity this decision affords everyone involved in sport in Scotland is huge.

"The Commonwealth Games probably ranks only behind the Olympics in terms of scale for a global multi-sport event and it's important that the excitement the Games will generate is used to capture the imagination of the population."

Fans in Glasgow celebrate the 2014 Commonwealth Games announcement
Fans in Glasgow show their delight after the announcement

McKie added: "Rugby Sevens will be one of the showpiece events of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Scottish Rugby looks forward to working with Glasgow 2014 to put our sport, the city of Glasgow and our country on the international map."

Sportscotland chair Julia Bracewell hailed Glasgow's victory and said hosting the Games would have a lasting effect.

"It will provide Scottish athletes with the advantage of competing and being supported on home soil. "

Scottish Swimming chief executive Ashley Howard is looking forward to a successful 2014 Games in the pool, after Scotland won 12 medals at the 2006 Games in Melbourne.

Howard said: "The support our athletes and coaches enjoyed in Melbourne 18 months ago will be nothing compared with the home support we will have here in seven years time."


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