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That will explain the Closing Ceremony then....

BBC Trailer for the 2014 Commonwealth Games https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m10UoEGE2GU

Marking my 1000th post here in this thread

idk i actually think i'd prefer London 2012 ones. Ah there both equally bad but Clyde looks like a zombie tree alien with broom hair

For those interested this was the original drawing which won the final prize

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For those interested this was the original drawing which won the final prize

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Good lord

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Glasgow Commonwealth Games venue named Emirates Arena

Airline Emirates has struck a £5m deal to secure the naming rights to the complex which will be Glasgow's main 2014 Commonwealth Games sports venue.

The £113m complex, next to Celtic Park in the city's east end, will be known as the Emirates Arena until 2022 - except during the 2014 games.

The venue includes the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Commonwealth Indoor Sports Stadium and three sports halls.

It will open its doors for public use for the first time on 5 October.

The 10-year Emirates deal is the largest ever sponsorship agreement between Glasgow City Council and a commercial partner.

The local authority said it would help inject millions of pounds into the city's economy and give the venue "an internationally recognisable brand name".

However, the branding will not apply to the venue during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

All venues are handed over "clean" to the organisers - unless an agreement has been reached as part of a sponsorship deal.

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Euro 2012 mascots were partially based in flowers, at least their heads

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Doesn't Euro 2012 feel like it was years ago? Or is it just me?

Glasgow Commonwealth Games venue named Emirates Arena

Airline Emirates has struck a £5m deal to secure the naming rights to the complex which will be Glasgow's main 2014 Commonwealth Games sports venue.

The £113m complex, next to Celtic Park in the city's east end, will be known as the Emirates Arena until 2022 - except during the 2014 games.

The venue includes the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, the Commonwealth Indoor Sports Stadium and three sports halls.

It will open its doors for public use for the first time on 5 October.

The 10-year Emirates deal is the largest ever sponsorship agreement between Glasgow City Council and a commercial partner.

The local authority said it would help inject millions of pounds into the city's economy and give the venue "an internationally recognisable brand name".

However, the branding will not apply to the venue during the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

All venues are handed over "clean" to the organisers - unless an agreement has been reached as part of a sponsorship deal.

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BBC

Sorry didn't mean to bury this news.

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Women's boxing is now on the program! and a new bowls event for men and women -.-

Commonwealth Games first as Glasgow includes women's boxing in 2014 programme

Women's Boxing is to be included in the Glasgow 2014 sports programme, it was announced today. This is the first time ever the sport has featured in a Commonwealth Games and follows the recent success of the debut of Women's Boxing at London 2012.

The announcement was made today (Friday) at the Commonwealth Games Federation's General Assembly in Kampala, Uganda and marks an historic moment for female athletes within the Games Movement.

Women’s Boxing will feature as a full Commonwealth medal event for the first time, with medals in three weights: Fly Weight (48-51kg), Light Weight (57-60kg) and Middle Weight (69-75kg) – the same events as London 2012.

One of the memorable highlights of this summer’s Olympic Games was the Gold Medal triumph of Team GB’s Nicola Adams in the Women’s Fly Weight division.

Glasgow 2014 has worked pro-actively with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the International Boxing Association (AIBA) to develop this opportunity for female athletes.

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014 said:

"Glasgow 2014 is proud to include Women's Boxing as part of our sports programme for the Games. As London 2012 demonstrated, Women's Boxing has elite athletes from across the world, including strong representation from across the Commonwealth.

"As an Organising Committee we are delighted to be delivering an inclusive Games with more opportunities for women and Para-sport athletes."

HRH Prince Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation said:

“I’m delighted that Women’s Boxing will be among the sports on the programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, following the decision today by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation to endorse the organising committee’s proposal.

“We saw at London 2012 that the Commonwealth’s Women boxers are the among the best in the world, and I applaud Glasgow 2014’s hard work towards securing a Games which demonstrates our shared commitment to gender equity and fairness.”

Today’s announcement was welcomed by AIBA - International Boxing Association.

The CGF Assembly also endorsed changes to the Lawn Bowls Competition format which will now include Fours Medal events for men and women. This change reflects more closely the formats of world championships conducted by World Bowls.

Gary Smith, Executive Officer for World Bowls said:

“World Bowls welcomes the decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation and Glasgow 2014 to adopt a format which aligns to our World Championships and is strongly supported by our member federations.”

All programme changes endorsed by the CGF today will be accommodated within Glasgow 2014’s existing sports programme and maintains the forecasted quota established at the bid of athletes expected to attend the Games.

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I think is a lot of jingoistic fuss about nothing (no surprise it's The Sun), but:

Commonwealth Games bosses hand Falklands to Argies in website error

Games 2014 organisers have apologised after referring to the Falkland Islands by their ARGENTINIAN name.

Veterans from the 1982 Falklands War reacted with fury after the Glasgow event’s official website referred to the territory as “Islas Malvinas” twice.

Dilworth, 49, a merchant seaman on the British Tay in the conflict, said: “I nearly fell off my chair. We’ve just had the success of the Olympics. This will upset so many people.

“There is no such country as Malvinas. It’s the Falklands. It’s an embarrassing error. I was registering on the site for updates about boxing tickets. I was amazed such a serious error had been made — twice.”

Mark, from Leeds, was awarded the South Atlantic Medal and will fly to the islands for Remembrance Sunday with 50 Falklands Task Force members to lay a wreath for fallen comrades.

He added: “If the government of the Falklands had seen the mistake they would have made an official complaint. For those of us there at the time, we feel very strongly that it’s the islanders’ right to decide with a referendum to change the name. It is not for other people to be leading the way and changing it themselves.”

The Games website features a world map as part of The Commonwealth Family information section. On it the islands are called “The Falklands (Islas Malvinas)”.

The same description is used on a drop-down menu for fans wanting to register for tickets.

A Glasgow 2014 spokesman said last night: “The website draws information from Google maps and other third-party database sources utilised by Games Organising Committees. It was never our intention to cause offence.” Tensions between Britain and Argentina over the disputed islands have risen this year.

In May The Sun revealed Argentinian Olympic hopefuls trained in Falklands capital Port Stanley for a TV ad which ended with the words: “To compete on English soil, we train on Argentine soil.”

In June Argentine President Cristina Kirchner failed to force a package marked “UN-Malvinas” into David Cameron’s hands during a G20 summit in Mexico.

Britain refuses to enter talks about the Falklands’ sovereignty unless the islands’ 3,000 residents ask for the move.

The Sun

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Like the Korea mix up during London 2012 this is just a genuine error, unfortunate but some people just need to see it as it is - an error, they do happen!

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So they couldn't get the more famous son of Scotland, Sean Connery?

Billy Connoly is more relevant - Sean Connery would only really be appropriate for American audiences, which are not a factor here. The former is very well known in Australia, I dare say more so than Sean Connery.

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Like the Korea mix up during London 2012 this is just a genuine error, unfortunate but some people just need to see it as it is - an error, they do happen!

Exactly. But sod's law it was North Korea and the Falklands. :rolleyes:

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Billy Connoly is more relevant - Sean Connery would only really be appropriate for American audiences, which are not a factor here. The former is very well known in Australia, I dare say more so than Sean Connery.

Uhmmm...why is that? Connery is a MORE international personage. Connolly lands a few, small, quirky roles here and there...but isn't exactly an INTERNATIONAL "AA" list star. Aren't the Commonwealth Games an INTERNATIONAL event? So how can someone who is only "more relevant" to Scotland be relevant to athletes and visitors from say, let's pick a distant land....Malaysia?

Sorry, I don't agree with your qualification of Connolly v. CONNERY. They can even pronounce Sean's name properly in Japan than Billy's. ;)

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Sir Chris Hoy makes first ride in new Glasgow velodrome

Britain's greatest Olympian, Sir Chris Hoy, has become the first cyclist to ride in the new Glasgow Commonwealth Games velodrome which bears his name.

The six-times Olympic gold medal winner took a bike round the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome on Tuesday.

The venue, next to Celtic Park in the city's east end, and the neighbouring National Indoor Sports Arena will be opened to the public on Friday.

Outside the 2014 games, both venues will be known as the Emirates Arena.

Work started on the velodrome, which Sir Chris helped design, more than two years ago, under the guidance of renowned architect Ralf Schuermann.

The track, made of Siberian pine, will host the cycling and para cycling events at the 2014 games, and a round of cycling's World Cup in November.

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Uhmmm...why is that? Connery is a MORE international personage. Connolly lands a few, small, quirky roles here and there...but isn't exactly an INTERNATIONAL "AA" list star. Aren't the Commonwealth Games an INTERNATIONAL event? So how can someone who is only "more relevant" to Scotland be relevant to athletes and visitors from say, let's pick a distant land....Malaysia?

Sorry, I don't agree with your qualification of Connolly v. CONNERY. They can even pronounce Sean's name properly in Japan than Billy's. ;)

Billy Connolly is from Glasgow though. He's a Glaswegian. Sean Connory isn't. So, having Billy Connolly onboard just seems to make sense in that regard.

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