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Back to diving and any particular reason it wasn't incorporated in the Glasgow Aquatics centre. Seems rather short sighted if it's about saving money and limits prospects for events following the games surely - not least the 2018 Youth Olympics.

A diving pool already existed in Edinburgh which is barely 40 mins away so is still convenient for athletes/spectators.

The existing pool in Glasgow --Tollcross-- is being expanded. It is solely a swimming arena and there is no provions for diving.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-17459093

Preparations for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow are on track and on budget but not all projects are free of risk, a financial watchdog has said.

Audit Scotland's latest progress report found that infrastructure projects were all forecast to be on time and within the approved £524m budget.

But it said more cash might be needed if problems emerged with the Athletes Village and Hampden athletics venue.

The watchdog said risks around the 2014 event were less than for other Games.

Audit Scotland said that when fieldwork for its report was carried out in November, "planning was generally where it should be at this stage and all venues and other infrastructure projects were forecast to be ready on time... and within budget".

The report noted, however, that there were "key risks in delivering some developments, including the Athletes' Village and the development of Hampden Park as a track and field athletics venue".

Security costs

Both are due to be completed less than five months before Glasgow hosts the Games in July and August 2014.

Audit Scotland said that "if difficulties arise more money may be needed to ensure they are ready in time".

The watchdog also said there was "a risk that security costs may be higher than expected based on the experience of other Games".

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Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games mascot to be realised by Nerv

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Mascot is to be brought to life by digital agency Nerv, the organising committee has announced.

The mascot, which has been designed by the winner of a children competition, will be revealed this Autumn, and will now be refined and developed by Nerv.

The brief will include the design of the mascot’s signature pose, the mascot participating in all 17 of the sports included in the Games and a short film introducing the mascot as well.

Martin Reynolds, head of marketing for Glasgow 2014, said: “After an extensive search, culminating in a three-way competitive pitch, we are delighted to appoint creative digital agency nerv to lead the final design stage of our Glasgow 2014 mascot. Their approach was ambitious, innovative and engaging – all key qualities we hope to see realised in the mascot itself.

“This is a hugely exciting and highly visible project. Knowing the strength of nerv’s ambitions and ideas, we can’t wait to introduce our mascot to the world later this year.”

Cynan Clucas, nerv’s managing director said: “It's truly humbling to have been appointed to realise the Mascot for Glasgow 2014. The Commonwealth Games is a unique and inspiring event, and we look forward to delivering a mascot that embodies everything it represents. All of us at nerv are genuinely excited by the opportunity to bring the character to life and introduce it to children of all ages right across the Commonwealth.”

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Schoolboy's Games tartan revealed

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The official tartan for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games has been unveiled by one of Scotland's strongest men.

Reigning World Highland Games Champion Gregor Edmunds took to the catwalk to model the design at Shawlands Academy in Glasgow.

It was designed by one of the school's pupils, Aamir Mehmood, 15, whose creation was selected from thousands by young people across Scotland.

Games organisers anticipate that the tartan will be used in the lead-up to and during Glasgow 2014. It is expected to feature in showcase moments such as the opening and closing ceremonies, medal ceremonies, welcome ceremonies for Commonwealth Games Associations and for merchandise and gifting.

Aamir incorporated blue, yellow, white and red to represent Scotland's national colours and used a green background to demonstrate the fact that 75% of Shawlands Academy is bilingual while around 50 different languages are spoken in the school.

He said: "It's an amazing feeling to know that my design is the official tartan for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. It will be seen all around the world and I'm so privileged and proud to be part of this huge sporting event coming to Glasgow and Scotland."

As part of his entry, he described the design as suggesting that "we should put all conflicts and rivalries aside and celebrate the games being held in Glasgow and Scotland, just as all the different nations will come together in celebration of the Commonwealth Games".

It is estimated that more than one billion people worldwide will see the tartan in the run-up to and during Glasgow 2014. Pupils from 307 schools across Scotland entered their designs in the competition.

Edmunds, whose titles include two times world caber-tossing champion, said: "As a proud Scotsman when competing around Scotland and the world, I always wear a kilt and I've got to say that this tartan is one of the best I've ever seen.

"The colours and style are so bright and striking, it really is a well thought-out and stunning design. Aamir should be incredibly proud that his hard work and ability has been recognised in such a manner."

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I love the idea of an official tartan.

Why didn't they do it for the London games? It IS the UK's, not just England's, event.

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Glasgow 2014 Sports Programme Finalised

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be bigger than ever with more medals and additional events for female and Para-Sport athletes it was revealed today (Tuesday, May 1).

The Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee (OC) today unveiled its final Sports Programme. As well as confirming details of the events to be held across 17 sports and 11 days of competition, Glasgow 2014's Sports Programme will feature additional highlights including:

* The biggest-ever number of Para-Sports Medals in Commonwealth Games History - 22 Medal events in total

* Innovative new Triathlon Mixed Relay event

* First Para-Sport Cycling (Track) event included in the Games

*Additional participation and medal opportunities for female athletes in Shooting

All additional opportunities for athletes and spectators alike will be delivered within existing Games budgets, planning and resources.

Announcing the final Sports Programme of 256 Medal events Glasgow 2014's Chief Executive David Grevemberg said:

"Following the completion of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) Sports Programme Review, Glasgow 2014 is delighted to announce a final Sports Programme which is true to our vision of delivering an outstanding athlete centred and sports focused Games for Scotland that is on time and on budget.

I'm delighted that in delivering 17 sports over 11 days of competition we have been able to increase our commitments to competition and medal opportunities by offering greater opportunities for female and Para-Sport athletes and I'm especially proud that Glasgow 2014 will offer more events and medal opportunities for Para-Sport athletes than any Commonwealth Games in history."

The announcement of additions to Glasgow 2014's Sports Programme has been warmly welcome by International Sports Organisations.

Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, said:

"It is tremendous news that Glasgow will host more Para-Sport events than any other previous Commonwealth Games and underlines the growth and popularity of Para-Sport at all levels.

"To have 22 Medal events included in the Games in 2014, just two years after London, will ensure that Commonwealth athletes can continue to perform on the big stage in front of thousands of spectators."

Marisol Casado, International Triathlon Union President and IOC member said:

“Triathlon Mixed Relay is a young, fresh and innovative sport which embraces the ideals of teamwork and gender equality. We feel that that it will fit perfectly with the ethos of Glasgow 2014. We are delighted the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee has embraced this exhilarating event.“

Glasgow 2014 Games Partners, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council also welcomed finalisation of a Sports Programme which will be experienced by an estimated worldwide TV audience of more than one billion.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison said:

“Glasgow 2014 is set to be the biggest and most inclusive Commonwealth Games, with new events for female and Para-Sport athletes within a fantastic Sports Programme of more than 250 Medal events across 17 sports and over 11 days of competition. This will be the biggest multi-sports event that Scotland has ever hosted and the Sports Programme will build excitement among athletes and give Scots a taste of what’s to come in just over two years’ time.”

Councillor Archie Graham, Executive Member for the Commonwealth Games at Glasgow City Council, said:

“The expansion of the Sports Programme for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games is fantastic news. This will make the Games even more distinctive and will present new challenges to the athletes competing in 2014 and more opportunities for the spectators coming to see them.”

http://www.glasgow20..._finalised.aspx

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